Burrenbeo Trust’s Áitbheo Primary programme has gotten off to a great start this new academic term. Students in Boston and Gort National School have started the 9 week place-based learning course, which encourages and facilitates them looking at their local place and their role in it’s future.
Over the coming weeks, the students will consider their local landscape, history, folklore, biodiversity and culture and then plan and carry out action projects in their local area.
The progamme has been developed around enquiry learning and critical thinking principles, meaning students not only learn more about their local built, natural and cultural heritage but also consider how and why decisions are made around conservation and land use.
Demand is exceptionally high from schools interested in participating in the programme and we are delighted that due to a grant from the Ireland Funds, we will be training two new freelance educators who will deliver the programme on our behalf from January to 2019, allowing us to work with more schools than capacity currently allows.
More information on the Áitbheo Primary programme here.
Thanks also to Clare County Council Local Agenda 21 which has provided part funding for one of the Áitbheo schools.