NAEE launched its new manifesto last night to help young people meet the environmental challenges of the future. It aims to build on existing work in schools and colleges to further stimulate change in thinking and practice, and thus help to better prepare young people for the social and environmental challenges they will face through their lives.
In his introduction to the manifesto at the launch, Professor of Science and Environmental Education, Justin Dillon [NAEE’s President] said: “Young people are already facing a number of important social and environmental issues head on in today’s society and our manifesto aims to help support their education so they can feel more confident in being part of the solution.”
The manifesto is aimed at people across the whole schooling system: governors and leaders, lecturers and teachers, pupils and students, and all support staff. It sets out 16 commitments that will help guide institutions to become more sustainable, and improve the education that pupils and students receive. It also sets out four key principles that are at the heart of what is important for schools and colleges to do in relation to young people’s learning and the environment.
The key principles are: 1. Partnership 2. Integrity 3. Building Capacity 4. Inclusiveness