Environmental education (or geo-education) is very important part of any educational system. Therefore it is a secret until now how our mindsets change because of learning to be greener.
Hence consciousness for protecting the environment is everywhere now, from the way we travel, move, eat, drink to everyday action. So today we have many options on zero-waste/bio products which are guarantee to a sustainable lifestyle.
However in many cases there is a significant component that teachers overlooked. But we are not to be ignore, in fact human component is essential for future generation s to know and therefore to prevent doing the same mistakes as their ancestors.
According to National Geographic geo-education is ‘the education about our world‘. Yet the term is referring in providing the young people the essential knowledge and skills in order for them to understand of how the human and natural worlds work from local to global scales.
Thus it aims to prepare the future generation to take wise decisions for the modern world challenges, like climate change and globalization.
Its Impact on Students
Geo-education is a combination of in-school and out-of-school learning practices. Moreover it combines a vast number of subjects and experiences, from Earth Sciences to Culture and Foreign Languages.
Hence this curriculum aims to develop six skills to students:
- Understanding how the world’s systems work and interact
- Gaining the knowledge for each of the world’s component (including humans)
- Appreciating the cultures and the environment
- Becoming able to communicate with other people with diverse backgrounds
- Understanding the consequence of our actions
Importance for Society
For students, geo-education prepares them for a successful career in this modern world workspace. But there are several impacts on societies too.
One one hand they gain economic competitiveness over other societies. But also it helps communities to sustain their natural resources and quality of life.
Finally there is impact on national security transforming societies to a safer world to live.
Yet to reach a more sustainable and safe world, there are still many challenges. Most important is the lack of interest to teach subjects of geo-education. On the other hand out-of-school experiences are merely very few and are focusing in academic achievements.
The Geo-education Movement
That is why there is a need for a global movement by creating a community of geo-educators. By bringing together tutors who believe in the benefits of geo-education, we can create change.
But actions are already into force towards the movement. Firstly National Geographic is setting a national movement in USA.
In addition UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) created the Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa aiming the training of teachers on how to introduce earth sciences to children.
Yet every initiative, small or big, is a stepping stone to geo-education, including our own initiative ‘Geo-School’.
Introducing our Geo-School
Geo-School is an online school for Earth Science. Hence its objective is to educate you on environmental and public health issues.