After the declaration of the territory as a Biosphere Reserve, there was a concern within the Reserve about how to approach environmental education in this territory in a comprehensive way, about how to make visible @dito declaration by UNESCO and its opportunities among the population, as well how to transfer the values of the Biosphere Reserves to the population and make it known, with the aim of ensuring the construction of a participatory Biosphere Reserve in which society, and especially young people, are the basic pillar on which to settle.
This program of activities to be developed with the school community, is presented as a non-formal learning initiative in different fields, closely connected with the objectives of the Biosphere Reserve, in order to stimulate creativity and youth potential in the processes of analysis and practical application of the knowledge acquired, to get involved in a sustainable space in terms of innovation and social welfare.
In summary, they try to achieve the following specific objectives:
Educate to acquire applicable competencies in a sustainable model of social development, relying on environmental ethics and moral values, for the promotion of environmental protection inspired by the UNESCO MaB Program.
Foster habits of respect and awareness in youth that invite a harmonious relationship between citizens and the environmental commitments that arise in the territory.
Encourage the involvement of the entire educational community of the municipality, so that there is a real commitment to improving and conserving the environment through citizen participation and the promotion of volunteering.
Establish a channel that allows and facilitates the population’s access to information on environmental matters, through the creation of the figure of “Youth Biosphere Informants” in educational centers.
Become aware of the need for saving and sustainable use of resources (water, energy, minority of waste, etc.).
Know the influence and impacts to which the environment is subjected to certain anthropic activities and the consequences of inappropriate habits.
Know the effects of climate change, as well as give the necessary guidelines to apply measures in our daily lives that help fight global warming.
Identify the most common invasive species in our territory, problems and their repercussions in the environmental and social fields.
Promote the respectful treatment of domestic animals, emphasizing their needs and characteristics that differentiate them from fauna and the wild world.
Raise awareness and value the natural, cultural and ethnographic values of the corresponding town hall, often great unknown among the local population and youth.
EDUCATING IN THE BIOSPHERE PROGRAM: WORK PROPOSAL COURSE 2019 – 2020
From its beginnings, the activities of this Program were mainly focused on the improvement and conservation of nature, fostering habits of respect and awareness of the environment. “Educating in the Biosphere” has increased its thematic offer over the years, adapting to the needs and suggestions of teachers, incorporating into its offer of activities (talks, workshops, outings) the participation of experts and professionals related to the different themes (illustrators, agricultural producers, forestry agents, etc.).
At present, the diversification of the themes that has been carried out from the Biosphere Reserve, also allows schoolchildren to bring activities that are considered priority, such as healthy eating by promoting organic farming and the consumption of nearby products; equality issues, highlighting the role of women in society and in revitalizing rural areas; o cultural activities, with drawing workshops and visits to reference centers and other resources of the cultural and ethnographic heritage of our territory; Among others, what makes this Program more enriching for schoolchildren.
THEMES ACADEMIC COURSE 2019 – 2020
We are a Biosphere Reserve.
The water cycle in La Coruña and its Metropolitan Area.
Invasive species: problematic and control.
Climate change and phenological monitoring: we can participate!
Care and good practices with domestic animals.
Traditional uses of plants.
Functions and importance of trees.
It includes different Natural Areas of Interest in the territory of the Biosphere Reserve.
Citizen Science: dissemination of the “Rebinxe” Project.
Initiative Species of the Year in the Biosphere Reserve.
Nature drawing workshop.
Workshop on forest fires.
Ecological agriculture, healthy eating and the “Mariñas Coruñesas y Tierras del Mandeo” Biosphere Reserve Brand.
The Route of Impressionism of the Marinas: Llorens and our landscapes.
Discover your Town Hall.
Environmental Volunteering Day.
Promotion of Biodiversity in the R.B. (workshops child boxes, shelters …).
The problem of plastic pollution.
Women who promote rural areas in the territory of the R.B.
Visit and workshop at the International Center for Contemporary Print.
Guided visit to a resource in the territory of the Biosphere Reserve, depending on the themes chosen by each of the centers.
* Related materials: natural sciences, social sciences and arts education, among others
EDUCATING IN THE BIOSPHERE. ACADEMIC COURSE 2019 – 2020
In this 2019-2020 school year, the Sada City Council decided to make the largest investment so far within this Program, in order to meet the demand for activities of all its educational centers.
In this 2019 -2020 school year, the 5 educational centers of the City of Sada participated in the Program:
CEIP “O Mosteirón”
CEIP “Pedro Barrié de la Maza”
CEIP “Sada y sus Contornos”
IES “Isaac Díaz Pardo”
IES “O Mosteirón”
Each educational center eligible to participate was proposed, each of the topics indicated above, taking an average of 17.5 hours per center, including the trip to the territory, to which would be proposed by the technical team of the Biosphere Reserve, in coherence with the themes chosen by each of the centers.
Likewise, at the end of the Program, a final Gala would be held in which the #participating students and teachers would present a series of papers that would serve as a summary of the Program.
Presentation of the Educating in the Biosphere Program 2019 – 2020.
TOPICS SELECTED BY EACH EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Each educational center of the City of Sada, selected those topics that best adapted to the curriculum of the center and that seemed to them of most interest, within those offered in the Program.
ADAPTATION OF THE PROGRAM EDUCATING IN THE BIOSPHERE TO COVID-19
Faced with the impossibility of continuing with the activities of the Educating in the Biosphere Program in person, the Biosphere Reserve decided to adapt all the contents pending execution to be offered electronically to the educational community.
This initiative was agreed both with the Sada City Council and with the addresses of all educational centers, with the approval of all the parties involved.
From the Biosphere Reserve, various contents were prepared, adapted and published (videos, didactic sheets, materials, etc.) that, through the Google Classroom Platform, were made available to teaching staff from the different educational centers of the City of Sada so that they had transferred the students in the most appropriate way according to the criteria of each teacher.
In order to give him access to the contents, from the Biosphere Reserve, he contacted the addresses and coordinator of activities of the different centers, informing about how the teachers could access the different contents and giving them the necessary instructions for @dito access.
According to the information available to the Biosphere Reserve, based on the number of teachers who accessed the content, it is estimated that the Educating in the Biosphere Online Program allowed more than 320 students to access and work @dito thematic.
Taking into account the number of students who participated in person and online, the Educating in the Biosphere Program managed to reach approximately 1,000 schoolchildren from the City of Sada (participation expected in the event of developing all the activities in person: 1,071 schoolchildren). Below is a list of images of the content offered to teachers through the Google Classroom Platform, for different topics.
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