Welcome to PLACE – Paths to Learning: Active Community Exploration! This latest CDEC project is helping children take outdoor action to be active members of their communities whilst also developing their own resilience.

The PLACE project puts children at the heart of the action. They will be responding to their community’s needs through place-based learning and wellbeing approaches. Our project invites children to free their imaginations in order to lead with outdoor practical action in rebuilding from the Covid crisis.

From engaging with businesses to reduce plastic, to designing and creating therapeutic garden spaces for all to enjoy, to creating a ‘quest’ for young families, our children can make meaningful interventions as active citizens in their community.

What is the PLACE project?

Community and citizenship will be key features of this exciting two-year project. The aim is to put wellbeing at the core of learning in primary schools. It provides a creative opportunity for primary and secondary schools to ‘build forward’ from the challenges of Covid-19 and encourages young people to strengthen connections with the outdoors and to take an active role in their community.

It is led by CDEC, funded by Erasmus+ and will involve partners DEED (Development Education in Dorset), SEVER in the Czech Republic and SOSNA in Slovakia.

Supporting teachers and pupils

The overall aim is to develop a menu of tools and resources that will support teachers to equip young people as agents of change and to become more resilient and hopeful citizens for the future.

Pupils will develop a community-based project that grows their skills and understanding of citizenship. They will build respect and care for their community and how they can make a difference for themselves and others.

Teachers will gain new skills in place-based learning and wellbeing approaches. There will be opportunities to collaborate with schools from other partner countries and a transnational visit.

Schools will put wellbeing at their heart, strengthen their school community and learn from connections with other countries. Schools may decide to take part for one year only or for two years with different age groups or community projects.

How will this project link to the curriculum?

This project will link well to geography and history; it will strongly support PSHE, emotional health, citizenship and language skills.

What training is on offer?

Initial online teacher training in May 2020 will introduce the main methodologies:

• Active citizenship and service learning.

• Philosophy for Children (P4C) to enhance dialogue and understanding.

• Creating natural and therapeutic gardens/spaces.

• Questing – active ways to explore and learn from your place and involve others.

• Principles of place-based learning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If you want to find out more about getting involved with the project, please email us by clicking here.