Building on the experience of the successful Twinning Schools Project project which completed in January 2023, this project prioritises ecological solutions as a concrete next step and implements suitable technologies based on concrete needs in the immediate vicinity of schools. These focus on issues such as food supply, shelter, water, waste, and ecosystem regeneration, while providing transformative and hands-on learning experiences for students and teachers. At the same time, the project strengthens and expands the ReGENerative Schools network by documenting and sharing their project progress on a local and global level. Through a combination of a “learning-by-doing” approach and the support of dedicated experts, GEN will guide five schools between Feb 2023 and May 2024 in implementing ecological solutions at and implement them on their school campuses, turning them into local demonstration sites, and enable others to replicate similar projects.
- Create impactful local demonstration sites for ecological regeneration, climate change adaptation and community building using schools as a nexus for intergenerational learning and socio-ecological transformation
- Reduce environmental impacts through preserving water, growing organic food, reducing waste, building with natural materials, and restoring ecosystems
- Provide transformative learning experiences for pupils, educators and school communities in the field of ecological regeneration
- Support local teachers to develop and share methodologies for project-based, hands-on and interdisciplinary learning for school children
- Strengthening the role of schools as centres for local learning and transformation for sustainable development and build on the success and momentum generated in the Regenerative Twinning Schools project by continuing to demonstrate the value and potential of schools in spreading regenerative solutions
- Facilitate and promote cross-cultural collaboration and connections in the fields of climate change adaptation and practical, transformative and interdisciplinary learning for the ecological transition
- Strengthen and grow the ReGENerative Schools Network through inviting more schools and piloting, documenting and disseminating projects that can be easily replicated around the world
The project is divided into three phases:
Phase 1 – Kick-off and preparation (2 months):
- Kick-off and introduction to the project with the 5 partners.
- Team building and analysis of local problems and potentials.
- Formulation of a common vision for each of the five implementation projects.
Phase 2 – Implementation (11 months):
- Development of action plans
- Selection and matching of mentors/experts to support project planning and – implementation
- Implementation of local solutions and building demonstration sites.
- Monthly customised coaching and peer support
- Observation and Analysis of environmental impact (e.g. water collected/saved, food produced).
Phase 3 – Evaluation and Dissemination (2 months):
- Evaluation of the action plan
- Local interactive presentations/tours to introduce local communities to the projects and lessons learned.
- Dissemination of learning to GEN network through creative and informative media.
Suay Long Eco School in Thailand (GENOA)
Core Project Team:
GEN’s Education Director and Online Learning Lead passionate about about lifelong education, greening schools and permaculture design.
Carolin has been GEN’s Office Coordinator and Education Assistant and works now as a Project Consultant for GEN’s funded projects, supporting schools and local communities apply ecovillage design to their activities.
Taisa Mattos is an Educator and Researcher of the Ecovillage Movement. She trains individuals and groups on sustainability, social innovation, and community life.