Ecological education much more than teaching students about the environment. It connects us to the world that surrounds us, it teaches us about the influence we have on the environment and raises awareness of the impact are actions have on the environment. It is the common duty of mankind to maintain, protect and improve the quality of the environment, in order to contribute to the protection of our health and safeguard the ecological balance of our planet.
When ecological education is integrated into the curriculum there are many benefits :
- critical and creative skills are encouraged
- tolerance and understanding are supported
- cross-subject cooperation emerges as a context for interdisciplinary learning.
- healthy lifestyle choices and practices are encouraged
- awareness of responsible action is enforced
- children are enthusiastic and use their imagination
- learning transcends the classroom
- cooperation within the local community is strengthened
- children and teachers alike feel empowered
- independent thought is encouraged
By promoting positive attitudes towards the environment, pupils learn to value it and understand their role in safeguarding it for the future. Increasing environmental knowledge contributes to an understanding and appreciation of the society we live in, the technology that is part of our everyday life and the productivity and conservation of natural and cultural resources.