The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature – Environmental Education

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught”

Baba Dioum, Senegal Poet

Due to RSCNs continued dedication to conservational efforts, environmental protection in Jordan has showed remarkable progress, reaching exceptional heights of advancement throughout the past 40 years. However, significant sustainable results cannot be achieved by the solitary efforts of a select few.

Considering that humans are the main cause of nature’s rapid degradation, a severe behavioral change is needed to truly affect change in our current situation. Since its establishment, RSCN has realized the need for a more aware and environmentally conscious public. For this purpose, awareness programs have been at the heart of many of its projects.

RSCN designed its environmental education programs to improve peoples’ general understanding and awareness of environmental issues. In addition to launching awareness programs targeting local communities around the reserves, encouraging all people to take practical action to help conserve the environment, for the past 30 years, RSCN has also invested in bringing environmental education into schools, in an attempt to establish a new generation of nature conscious students. These programs have been shaped with three goals in mind; transfer knowledge, train educators, and take action.

To reach children, RSCN uses a variety of creative methods, such as fine arts, theatre, internet, interactive programs, games, and much more, as part of its three main vehicles for spreading environmental awareness. These vehicles are development of National Curriculum, Reserve Education Programs, and Nature Conservation Clubs. The focus of these programs has been to encourage questioning and investigation by students, with direct hands-on experience, using fieldwork as a catalyst to learning, while developing understanding and curiosity about nature.

This piece is taken from the website of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

See on-line at: http://www.rscn.org.jo/orgsite/RSCN/RaisingAwareness/EnvironmentalEducation/tabid/137/Default.aspx

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