A movement taking education back to its roots is spreading across the Cape, now reaching the Noordhoek area as a new school teaches its pupils out in nature.
The school aims to turn the tide on the ever-changing environment children are taught in, compared to earlier generations who had an abundant world full of diverse species, crystal clear streams and forests to enjoy.
Earth School’s pioneering group of students are being taught in one of the greatest classrooms on the earth, the natural environment of Southern Africa.
Lessons from the school are being televised and shared worldwide and pupils are exposed to science, mathematics, language-arts, drama, music and art while out in nature.
The underlying quest of the school is to bring global awareness to the earths fragile existence and the ongoing battle for survival.
All lessons take a cue from nature backed up by a new eco-based comprehensive education, which the educators hope will have a lasting change on the system of the earth with future generations.
Frequent field trips also educate the pupils in varied environments while taking part in experiential activities.
“We draw on the best of traditional wisdom and future technology. We examine the mistakes made by past civilisations. We hold a space for new, fresh thinking to occur, to bring solutions that are relevant for todays’ challenges. We invite the world audiences, their ideas, their energies into this process. We choose exciting and varied locations to teach from, to drive the message home and inspire us all to save the ecosystems of the world,” says the school on their Facebook page.
“We attract authors, scientists, celebrities, and all innovators who are creating solutions, to engage in and lead discussions in this most exciting journey of our time. New systems of nutrition, agriculture, health, zero waste, renewable energy, water use in harmony with the natural systems of the earth, restored ecosystems, conserved wildernesses and a return to the abundance of nature…that is our vision,” adds the school on their page
While Cape Town and the world as a whole continues to struggle against the plague of plastic and pollution strangling our oceans and global warming rising our sea levels, future generations being more clued up on what the earth needs doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.