Connecting Wetland Education and Formal Education

On 17th and 18th October 2020, 40 teachers from primary and secondary schools in Yancheng, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Haikou, Beihai City of China, as well as staffs from coastal wetland nature reserves and wetland parks, took part in the “Wetland Education – School Curriculum Training” at the Jiangsu Yancheng Wetland National Nature Reserve.

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© Liu Yingxia

Since 2014, the Mangrove Foundation (MCF) started exploration in formal environmental education in schools.  To involve and inspire the teachers to conduct courses, also dissolve the concerns and obstacles, in 2017, the MCF introduced a classic water education course, Project WET-Water Education for Teachers, which has been practiced in North America for many years, and gradually localized with permission. As integrating a systemic wetland education with Chinese school curriculum standards of grades 1-12, a series of training workshops for teachers have been held in Shenzhen, Beijing and Hangzhou.

In 2018, Lao Niu Foundation, Paulson Institute and MCF initiated the Wetland Education Centre project based on the China Coastal Wetland Conservation Network. Wetland education centers in protected areas, including Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, and other 3 model sites jointly promote the development of wetland education. Based on the conservation objectives, natural and cultural resources and other local characteristics of the protected areas, the wetland centers design and implement CEPA activities for visitors and the students, leading people to enter and experience the wetlands, and participate in wetland conservation.

© Jiangsu Yancheng Wetland National Nature Reserve

In 2018, the Mangrove Foundation (MCF) invited environmental education experts, wetland education center staffs, school teachers to co-write the book “Marvelous Wetlands: Environmental Education Curriculum for Teachers”, which is officially published by People’s Education Press in 2020.

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Originally posted on 10 October 2020, by China Green Times.

For further information, please contact Ms. Cao Huan from MCF at: [email protected].

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