Studying the environment, particularly through practical outdoor learning, has been shown by numerous scientific research studies to positively impact children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health. Alongside the benefit of fostering an environmental stewardship ethic in students, environmental education has shown to reduce stress, enhance creativity, improve social relations and even to increase children’s test scores.
In 2011, Maryland became the first US state to require students to be environmentally literate as a high school graduation requirement. Results from this pioneering regulation point to positive school-wide changes in knowledge, behaviour and action and broad improvements in student’s learning outcomes. We actively work to spread this best practice to other countries and regions.
Our new handbook explores some of the central success factors in policy, process and practice in some of the pioneering countries and contexts where ESD is being effectively embraced. It examines some of the major trends, case studies and challenges in introducing this more holistic, progressive, hands-on education.