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“Education a key factor in growing sustainable communities”
Education lies at the very heart of many of Groundwork's projects, whether it be linking into the National Curriculum to raise awareness in children about the environment, or helping adults to re-skill and bring them back into today’s job market.
The "Think" project is now in its third year and is a unique programme designed to educate young people about their rights and responsibilities as a citizen.
The aim of the programme is to enable young people to take responsibility for their own behaviour and actions, by building awareness and self esteem the young people are being encouraged to explore issues such as peer pressure, the temptation to abuse alcohol and drugs and getting involved in crime.
The programme is run in partnership with schools, Connexions, Police Authorities, Youth Offending Service, Antisocial Behaviour Teams, Social Services and othe similar groups.
It is a bespoke programme, tailored to the needs of each specific group regardless of location in the local geography of Erewash, Amber Valley or Derby City.
Through this project Groundwork has developed a strong working relationship with schools in the area through helping them to improve their outdoor facilities. Projects varied form playgrounds and the creation of woodlands, to advice on how to use the school grounds for outdoor classrooms such as environmental games, orienteering, map reading skills etc.
The programme has encouraged the involvement of children in the development process to ensure that their needs are met in the final design. Involving them in the decision making process also gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility, that will go beyond the length of the project.Download details of how to make the most of your School Grounds
Education for Sustainable Development
Many of Groundwork's educational projects aim to help pupils raise their awareness and understanding of and respect for the environments in which they live. Groundwork promotes Education for Sustainable Development in most of its projects including: Nature-Link, promoting Local Nature Reserves as educational resources and Waste-Wise, raising awareness of why and how to recycle domestic and school waste.