Green Learning Environments
Playing and learning in the forest and in nature stimulates the imagination, creativity and entrepreneurship. Nature is also an ideal place to gain experience in order to develop social and motor skills.
The positive impact of a green learning environment appears to be extra big in children with an intellectual disability, learning difficulties, attention disorders (such as ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders. These children learn better in an informal, natural environment than in a classroom. As a result, their opportunities in society increase significantly.
Based on this observation, BOS+, together with partners from Slovenia and England, has launched the Green Learning Environments project. We will develop and test a toolbox for teachers and educators to give them the right resources to make optimum use of the forest, green spaces and nature as an informal and powerful learning environment. A unique partnership between environmental organisations and schools will create this toolbox during a period of 2.5 years and will disseminate the results throughout the European Union. In Belgium, BOS+ cooperates with the special needs MPIGO Heemschool located in Neder-over-Heembeek and the special needs BuBaO Sint-Gregorius School based in Gentbrugge.
The socioecological Green Learning Environments project contributes towards a sustainable society. We lower the threshold and encourage teachers to make optimum use of the advantages that a green environment offers. In doing so, we invest in future generations, and specifically in the future of young people who are more easily left behind.