The Children’s Transition Program is a school program for children to become environmentally friendly and aware. It is about why, where and how to implement change, and specifically focuses on trash, re-use and recycling, food and art.
The current planetary crises such as the provision of food and energy, climate change and social inequalities urgently demand the development of alternative behaviour. In the current education system in the Philippines there is no attention paid to people’s behaviour towards the environment and human impacts on our planet. In order to build sustainability and resilience in children for them to better manage the future, Transition Philippines, together with Laur Central School in Nova Ecija, developed a Children’s Transition Program.
The program’s starting point is the complete lack of environmental and nutritional health knowledge for children.
Through five fun, accessible and informative workshops we will be able to give children the knowledge, resources and confidence to create a better life for themselves and their community. These unique workshops will help children to become activists for change towards a healthier earth.
Objectives & strategy
In order to influence children’s mindset we first establish in each school a discussion group comprising teachers and parents to develop agreement on the key issues and the approach and activities for the relevant children’s age groups. This has already been undertaken in Laur Central School where commitment and momentum has been established. The first task will be to create awareness among the children about the importance of environment in their local community and the challenges they face because of current human behaviour. Then we give them tools to implement the lessons within their own community. Each workshop is designed to offer numerous creative solutions for practical use. With the necessary tools children can change their existing behaviour and influence their families and friends. In order to maintain this long term process we create follow up activities.
The Children’s Transition Program will offer 5 workshops to each participating class. The first workshop will cover the importance of caring for nature. The second workshop concerns food: healthy, nutritious food and organic gardening. The third workshop will be about consumption and waste management, looking at why we should take proper measures concerning waste. The fourth workshop will focus on what to do with all the trash in the community via re-use and recycling. The fifth workshop will be a hands on art class to upcycle clothing material into something new. There will be a key responsible person/teacher selected in each school who will organise the follow-up initiatives, liase with the Transition Program team, and be put in touch with the world-wide Transition Movement.
A Transition trainer will return to the trained class after 6 months to help with follow up actions. The school will have to organise a follow up event on a prescheduled date.
Follow up actions can include:
- Continued lessons in class by the school teacher whom we offer an ideas booklet for follow up lessons.
- Set up and maintain school garden.
- Organise an upcycle art show, a neighbourhood cleanup, a children’s market at school or a farm tour.
- Other ideas from children for follow up actions.