BirdLife Partners from Cyprus, Poland, Ireland and Malta
have teamed up for an environmental education project with the aim to develop environmental educational resources for teachers of blind and visually-impaired pupils.
The project, titled ‘Seeing the World through Nature’, is a collaboration between BirdLife Cyprus
, BirdWatch Ireland
, BirdLife Malta
, the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds
(the leading partner), and the Polish Association for the Blind
, and is funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus+
The aim of the project, which will run until March 2022, is to develop environmental educational resources for teachers who work with blind and visually impaired children, in consultation with international experts in this field, to enable them to deliver an engaging and enriching programme of environmental education in a truly appealing manner. These resources, as well as a mobile application to assist children in the recognition of birds, will then be made available free of charge to educators in each of the partner countries, and across the BirdLife International partnership.
The project will also give the opportunity to teachers to strengthen their skills and confidence when it comes to teaching about nature, to understand and learn how to teach about nature and how to use the educational resources to be developed to engage disabled pupils in various school subjects.
The project will build on the successes of other recent environmental education initiatives that have involved the BirdLife International partnership, most notably the award-winning Erasmus+ Empowering Teachers and Pupils for a Better Life through Nature
project that finished last year. It will also draw inspiration from Spring Alive, the ongoing multi-national environmental education project centered around migratory birds, operated by BirdLife partners across Europe, Central Asia and Africa and currently sponsored by HeidelbergCement