Power To The Pupil. Lessons on Environmental Education from Susan Adams

Newpark Comprehensive School Transition Year Action Project Example

The students spent 6 weeks learning about environmental issues and they then had to perform an action in relation to the issue that they had chosen in the latter 2 weeks of the module. The workshops were student led, ensuring that the students were engaged and that they were taking action on a topic that was important to them and on their level. This ensured the success of each module and action project.

One of the main messages from the module was that one group can’t fix the environmental issues that we are facing alone, that it is only by working with our communities, making relationships and sharing skills and tools that the problems can begin to be repaired. Therefore, each group of students were encouraged to engage with the out of school community.

Skills involved in executing these projects were developing an idea in to an action, project management and strategy, research, administration, time keeping, facilitation, coordinating skills, planning, social media, community engagement, public speaking, team collaboration and organization and confidence building.

Project 1

Rising Sea Levels

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

Project 2

Refillable Waterbottles

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

Project 3

Beach clean Dun Laoghaire Peer

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

Project 4

Seabin

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

Project 5

Plastic Outta the Park

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

Newpark Comprehensive School Transition Year Action Project

Students contacted the INSS sailing school in Dun Laoghaire to borrow a boat as a speaker’s awareness point for the students to peer educate 1st and 2nd years about rising sea levels and climate change. The boat was placed in the middle of the school yard for the students to peer educate from. The group ran 5 revolving participatory workshops on climate change and rising sea levels successfully peer educating over 140 students.

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Newpark Comprehensive School
Transition Year Action Project