Learning to make a difference through my Workshops for Schools

Workshops can be run as a standalone class or to coincide with a strand on a curriculum subject, with Green week or as a full course on sustainable development. Workshop examples are below.

Susan Adams Education for Sustainability is tailored to be integrated in to the curriculum with a whole schools approach. It is delivered principally in workshop format, tailored to suit the specific needs of each school and group of students and can be held at both primary and secondary schools.  

Climate Talk

Duration: 1H

A keynote speech on climate change and sustainability to educate and empower students to take action

Sustainability Action

Duration: 1H

A workshop to frame sustainability and to motivate taking action, examining what actions can be taken in school and at home (double period or 2 hours)

Plastic Action

Duration: 1H

2 workshops on plastic education examining the causes, effects and solutions to plastic pollution. Students will be trained to peer educate other students on plastic. These workshops give students the tools to spread awareness about plastic throughout the school through peer education initiatives.

Transition your school to a single use plastic free campus by engaging students with a step by step action plan.

Biodiversity Loss

This workshop examines local and global biodiversity loss focusing on the problems and the solutions to restoring nature.

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable transport is central to efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and environmental damage.This session bridges sustainable transport to social, environmental and climate impacts.

Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is a term used to describe a highly profitable business model based on replicating catwalk trends and high-fashion designs, and mass-producing them at low cost. This workshop examines the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry.

What is the purpose of our workshops?

Each workshop focuses on facilitating and empowering students to become confident, effective Peer Educators. The workshops provide students with the opportunity to explore local and global topics and to learn skills. By the end of the workshops students will be able to:

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Know how to stay healthy and communicate effectively

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Have an understanding of Sustainable Development from local to global

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Be able to carry out effective group work and facilitation

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Be able to take action with peers for a more sustainable world

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Know the responsibilities of a peer educator

Each student will learn skills to help them and their peers to live more sustainably. The core skills required for Peer Education and the skills required for Education for Sustainable Development include skills to:

Knowledge

In some instances, and particularly for the TY programme, students can choose topics that are best suited to their needs. The programme is learning led to promote emotional involvement and empowerment. Using land based learning, students explore issues that are relevant locally and that link to real life and possible actions in their community. Students will also explore how these local issues are linked globally.

Teaching Approach

This ESD programme has a Peer Education approach to teaching and sharing information, values and behavior, providing students with opportunities to become powerful agents for Sustainable Development among their peers and in their communities. The ultimate goal of Peer Education for a Sustainable Development Programme, is that through workshops, action projects and facilitation practice, students will become skilled ‘Peer Educators’ capable of working with groups and managing independent projects together.

Each student will learn skills to help them and their peers to live more sustainably. The core skills required for Peer Education and the skills required for Education for Sustainable Development include skills to:

Forests, Agriculture & Water

Happiness

Food and Shelter

Cultural Diversity

Climate change

Trade & Debt

Human Rights

Health and Disabilities

Biodiversity

Poverty

Pollution

Economic, Social & Political

Natural Resource Depletion

Gender Equality

Inclusion

Junior Cycle

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) sits in the framework of the new junior cycle as it has been incorporated into science, geography and Civil, Social & Political Education subjects on the curriculum. I can deliver standalone workshops to support the ESD strands of each subject and I can collaborate with the teacher to design teaching plans that can support ESD topics across the syllabus.

Senior Cycle

New opportunities to promote ESD more prominently in the senior cycle come with the introduction of Politics and Society. The NCCA focusses on five key skills – communicating, working with others, critical and creative thinking, being personally effective and information processing. Developing these skills is central to supporting learners to have the dispositions that will enable them to live more sustainably. I can offer standalone workshops, teacher collaboration and support for each strand that has an ESD influence. I can facilitate the project strand of the syllabus.

Science

Civic, Social and Political Education

Workshops available to include an introduction to ESD