Schools are often the center of a child’s world. Establishing lessons about protecting the environment in the educational setting is an important and necessary way to introduce them to ideas for protecting the Earth and its resources. More aware students mean more responsible adults, isn't it?
ABOUT THE event
All this and more in our first event of the 'Remembering Sir Ken Robinson' event series, celebrating the noted academician's first death anniversary. Some of the questions we are looking to address through this event are:
- Why is it necessary to teach environmental education (EE) in schools?
- How can EE best be implemented in schools?
- What are the challenges that teachers are facing that hinder EE in schools?
- How can we make school boards see this as a priority?
- How do we make EE a priority in our schools?
About Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson was a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies, who died at the age of 70 on 21 August 2020.
He worked with governments, education systems, corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations to unlock the creative energy of people and organizations. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history.
He has been named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. He was acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and was ranked in the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.
Speakers / Panelists
Subject: Self-directed learning lies in every child. Practicing EE through family farming activities.
Background: Beginning as a journalist and a strategy consultant, he soon after found his true calling as an educator. Currently, he leads students in Mathematics and Art in a Waldorf School.
He is piloting a nature education program, as well as a residential community where people with or without intellectual and developmental disabilities live, work, and look after each other, better known as Squrriel & Mountain Nurturing Community.
Subject: Challenges and opportunities of environmental education in schools
Background: John is an American artist, actor, educator, and brand owner living in Shanghai. He is originally from New York, but has lived and worked all over the world including such varied places as Sydney, Cyprus, Vienna, Seoul, and Guam.
During his time as a professional theatre artist, he acted in over 60 professional productions in the US and abroad, as well as directing, writing, and designing for the theatre.
As an artist and designer, John has worked in a variety of mediums over time. Most recently, he launched the brand Schooled by Paper, a company that produces the world’s first paper-leather fashion bags and accessories made specifically for customization and DIY by artists and other creatives. He also works as the Foreign Director of Magic Kindergarten 大华马杰克双语幼儿园, a unique school in the Meilan Lake district of Shanghai which focuses on the whole child’s education within a supportive and extremely creative environment.
Background: Joan holds a Biology Degree from Spain University and an MBA in Sustainable Tourism from the International Foundation of Environmental Education. He is also NAMC Montessori Early Childhood Educator, an EFR First Aid Instructor, and PADI Scuba Diving Master Instructor.
Joan is a seasoned professional diver, hiking guide, team building facilitator and designer of ecotourism experiences. He is passionate about all kinds of outdoor activities and nature education for children.
- 18:15-18:30 Event intro
- 18:30-19:15 Speaker presentations (3 speakers, 15-min each)
- 19:15-20:15 Q&A / Discussions
- 20:15-20:30 Event ends
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