Pioneering the Outdoor Classroom in schools across South Africa
We have spent the last 14 years pioneering the growing of Outdoor Classrooms in under-resourced schools across South Africa. This program went national between 2009-2012. We remain committed to connecting children to their ecosystems and teaching food resilience skills and are open to collaboration and partnership to this end.
We believe the people holding onto Intellectual Property (IP) at this point is like the deckchair salesman on the Titanic heckling for a few extra dollars. We need to all start working together for the sake of our future generations.
We’ve developed several high-quality resources exclusively for teachers, drawing on years of knowledge in connecting children to the ecosystems that support them.
Learning Adventures in the Outdoor Classroom
The Organic Classroom
Great Abundance Natural Wealth
Designing For Abundance
Growing The Living Laboratory
Teachers For Permaculture Education 2010
This is the basis of a five day training for teachers that we linked to our textbook (Growing the Living Laboratory). This workshop was facilitated for three years at a National level and graduated 960 teachers. We facilitated this workshop as the first step in our relationships with schools and was held over five days in the school holidays – giving us time to get to know teachers, see if we could work together and also it showed us the champions (teachers willing to learn Permaculture in their holidays tend to be pretty committed).
This is the first book we developed through workshops with Cape Flats teachers. Although it is based on the outdated Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) system, it is simple enough to still be relevant. Designed to support the integration of Environmental Education into the Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3) and aiming to create more joyful and stimulating learning environment and boost nutrition through growing food.
The purpose of the book was to use the principles and techniques of Permaculture to establish school food gardens, while meeting the outcomes of the National Curriculum.
The book covered all learning areas in the Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6).
Designing for Abundance (learning program) 2010
This 8 unit learning program introduces Permaculture through Geography (Grade 4-6) and takes learners through a process of coming up with a Permaculture Design for their school.Great Abundance Natural Wealth (learning program) 2010This 8 unit learning program looks at how Permaculture businesses can be started as part of the Economic Management Science Learning Area (Grade 4-6). USAID: Permacultre Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children 2012A booklet that features SEEDs Design for Abundance as part of a strategy for designing Permaculture for children.Learning Adventures in the Outdoor Classroom (textbook) 2014This book took the learnings from Growing the Living Laboratory and updated to the new CAPS curriculum. The book includes principles and practice and aims to support teachers to grow outdoor learning spaces and use them. This is also an Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6) resource.EXTRASSeedling Garden Club 2009-12This works much like the scout system – with learners working for badges. This was used as part of an after schools program in the national program. The idea was to work with schools that had the best chance of managing and using the Outdoor Classroom long-term.Outdoor Classroom Design 2010This Outdoor Classroom was designed in partnership with Earthshine and it’s a great simple outdoor learning space that takes only 5 large gumpoles.School Application/Agreement 2010This baseline assessment was used to engage with schools that had applied to be part of the Outdoor Classroom Program – and used. The agreement was useful in making explicit the roles of both parties in the relationship (SEED and the School).Sustainability Index 2009-2012We tried to set school projects up to last long term: and developed a tool to assess school projects against: Skills and Capacity, Organisation Building and Physical Systems. Schools were assessed every 6 months – and we used the scoping documents to grow that areas of the project that (we thought) needed boosting.The Scope document is the background document and the Sustainability Index was what we used to actively assess.