Lifelong Learning through Nature at MCAST
BirdLife Malta helps MCAST introduce field trips to promote outdoor education
For the first time BirdLife Malta is collaborating with the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology as part of the Lifelong Learning through Nature (LLN) project which provides students with opportunities to get outdoors and to learn about the world around them.
This project was designed to develop resources for environmental and sustainable development education. It has worked with age groups from early years to post-secondary to engage them through formal and non-formal education outlining the importance of outdoor learning away from the classroom.
Thanks to this new partnership between BirdLife Malta and MCAST, two new environmental Learning Outcomes related to environmental sustainability have been developed specifically for MCAST (one with Level 2 and one with Level 3 within Key Skills Science and Technology) which will include an element of outdoor education through a field trip. This will give students the opportunity to undertake investigations during a guided field visit to a natural area.
Apart from connecting with nature and the positive effects of spending time outdoors for mental and physical wellbeing, through being outside in the natural environment students will understand the part they play as individuals in the wider ecosystem.
Thus, through first-hand experience MCAST students will realise the effects which humans are having on the natural environment and how we all need to make choices that will be conducive to sustainable development.
During the past two days BirdLife Malta ran introductory sessions for the lecturers to brief them on the resources provided and to build their knowledge and confidence in delivering these field trips with students which will be a new experience for the lecturers.
These introductory training sessions took place at Wied talIsperanza in Mosta and at Wied Blandun in Paola. In total 13 MCAST lecturers are involved in this new initiative and it is estimated that over 1,500 students will be engaged.