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Children are key to preserving our planet

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04.12.2015 - As COP21 has kicked off this week, we would like to feature some of the highlights from the ‘Climate Generation’ areas at Le Bourget. One of the initiatives introduced this week was “Terre d’École”, a sustainable school with a programme based on science and the reintroduction of ancestral knowledge.

Terre d’École aims to raise responsible citizens and care for the planet at the same time. The first pilot school, set to open in September 2016 in Congo Brazzaville, embodies the concept of living in harmony with society and the planet. The school’s infrastructure is sustainable, with a system of recycled water and solar panels. Its curriculum is 85% based on national programmes and 15% on sustainability.

second picture cropIt is a boarding school, making education accessible to children from remote areas. Half of the children will not have to pay their fees thanks to grants from companies, institutional and non-institutional donors. 200 children will even be able to study for free. Countries that accept to host the project provide about 90% of the funding for teachers and school personnel. In Congo Brazzaville, the government has allocated 4,5 hectares and another 15 hectares of forest to Terre d’École. Other African countries have already submitted their applications.

Apart from theoretical classes, pupils will be in contact with the land. The young pupils will learn the economic value of goods by being in charge of a plot of land, while the older ones study how to conserve the soil.

Regardless of their future career, the children will know their land, be able to work with fellow citizens coming from different backgrounds, and hopefully one day be drivers of change.

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