‘The rainforest is our favourite topic- the children love it so much!’
I’ve heard this many times from teachers when delivering workshops in primary schools. The kids love the rainforest- the animals, the sounds, they realise that rainforests are ‘the lungs of the earth’ providing oxygen and absorbing CO2 and then suddenly the energy changes.
They learn about deforestation and it’s links to climate change and the sheer enormity of the problem can develop into:
Changing the energy
Trees for change, through a mixture of education and enterprise, offers pupils a creative and empowering opportunity to address this issue. Pupils are given the opportunity to not only learn about the issues at hand (the effects of deforestation) but also to take real lasting action against climate change.
This involves designing, planning and undertaking simple micro fundraising events to raise funds to plant trees in Kenya (at 20p per tree). I'm not expecting schools to hold whole school fundraising events. I believe the learning lies in the process of taking action, and that a class raising £10 should feel proud that their efforts will accomplish the planting of 50 trees in Kenya.
What we offer
The benefits for pupils
My aim is to create confident powerful learners who:
The benefits for teachers
The program has been designed with the advice of Teachers and Headteachers and satisfies:
It is particularly suited to FP & KS2 classes studying rainforests, deforestation and climate change and perfect for schools looking for developing a fresh, dynamic, pupil lead approach to education.