Project Category: Registered charity
We are pleased to announce our new Education Project funded by the Greggs Foundation.
It has been said that we learn to love nature as children but then commit to respecting and protecting it later in life. Therefore to protect our rivers for future generations, we need to ensure children today have the opportunity to experience and enjoy rivers, inspiring stewardship and care in the future. In todays environment of computer games and television, getting children outside can be difficult. A National Trust survey found that one in three children could not identify a magpie; half could not tell the difference between a bee and a wasp. However nine out of ten could recognise a Dalek. In addition to natures competition with modern technology, children growing up in urban areas are statistically less likely to even have access to safe nature areas.
Project Kingfisher is designed with this in mind and aims to educate and inspire our next generation of river guardians. With funding from the Greggs Foudation, local SEND schools within the river catchments of the Wandle, Hogsmill and Beverley Brook, as well as other interested schools, will be able to book a variety of teacher-led sessions from Project Kingfisher; all of which will be carefully built around the requirements of the revised National Curriculum with the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science used as learning vehicles to explore the local river environment.
This project will engage young children with their local river, its history and wildlife, while teaching the importance of a healthy river and the role we all play in protecting rivers for the future.
More project updates to follow as we kick off in 2018!
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The River Wandle, Beverley Brook and Hogsmill in south London