Nature is the best teacher for children
Students at Beijing's cash-strapped migrant schools typically miss out on a science education, as it is not included in their curriculum, putting them at a disadvantage to their peers in the local school system. The Migrant Children Environmental Education (MCEE) Project fills this gap with a natural science education that equips the students with a general understanding of the environment and empowers them to be better stewards of the planet. As they learn about the environment, students become more confident in their knowledge and actively share it with friends, family, and their community.
In 2012, MCEE delivered a broad curriculum that included indoor and outdoor activities to reinforce a positive change in attitude towards the environment in the students. MCEE also organized nature-themed volunteer field trips, while supplying migrant schools with much needed educational resources and teacher training. In addition to its educational value, MCEE affects the lives of the students more broadly by helping them develop a sense of belonging to their adopted home as they become invested in making Beijing a better place.
In 2013, the MCEE program expanded to 5 migrant schools in Beijing. R&S is creating an entrepreneurial support model that will allow student-teachers to develop environmental workshops for local migrant schools. At the same time, R&S is currently working with sponsors to hire experienced teachers to better support existing MCEE schools. Beyond 2013, our goal is to reach more schools and enable more migrant students to receive regular and professional science-based classes.
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