environmental education programmes
Environmental Education Programmes"An educated person is one who is responsible to himself, his family, and his friends. An educated person is also someone who is responsible to his community and country." The Ministry of Education www.moe.edu.sg
In its Desired Outcomes of Education, the Ministry states that at the end of primary school, pupils should:
- Be able to distinguish right from wrong
- Have learnt to share and put others first
- Be able to build friendships with others
- Have a lively curiosity about things
- Be able to think for and express themselves
- Take pride in their work
- Have cultivated healthy habits
- Love Singapore
In addition, we feel that it is crucial for kids to know more about the natural environment around them and our relationship with it. If our nation is to live sustainably, we will have to start with educating our children to lead sustainable lifestyles.
Dr Shawn Lum, President of the Nature Society (Singapore) suggests that, It might start with something small being able to name 10 common birds, a handful of butterflies, or a dozen common wayside trees. A familiarity with urban nature can transform itself into an affinity with wild nature both at home and beyond. (Lessons from Costa Rica Nature News Jan - Feb 2009).
It is with all these outcomes in mind that we have planned our environmental education programmes for young children.
Photo Credits: Colleen Goh