Tiere Live project promotes biodiversity education

14 December 2011 | News story

A conference in March 2012 will share the Tiere Live approach to environmental education, with its focus on animals, children and schools. Katalin Czippan, CEC Regional Vice Chair for Europe, will participate.

Background: One of the main aims of biology and environmental education is to promote the respectful and emotional understanding of children and youth for nature and environment. Students should comprehend animals as part of their environment and recognize the connection between biotopes and ecosystems. Also, they should be aware of the meaning of biodiversity. One basic approach is the emotional involvement of children and youth. They can experience the fascination of nature by handling with living animals and being inspired by them, thus getting to know and appreciate them. Dealing with special animals helps students overcome possible prejudices or fears.

Project partner: “Tiere live” is a joint project of the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) and the Academy for Teacher Training and Personnel Management (ALP). These academies support bavarian teachers and environmental trainers with practical materials, information and training to achieve the above-named aims.

Handbook: The compendium includes concrete descriptions and materials for 64 tested and tried actions with animals of 12 different groups (for example birds, beavers, bats, butterflies, earthworms, snails). Two special chapters focus on the permanent keeping of animals in schools and animal tracks. The selected topics and animals are particularly suitable for school with reference to the curricula, hygiene, laws and availability. At the moment four chapters of the compendium are available in English.

Website: The website supports the implementation of the project. Besides presenting current information and training courses, an internet forum offers the option to contact the experts who composed the handbook and meet colleagues to exchange teaching materials and experience on integrating living animals in education. In order to give us feedback there is an online questionnaire available. Have a look at the website >>

  • Take part in the project! Conference in March 2012:  In this conference experts from all over Europe are invited to discuss and develop strategies, how to implement “Tiere live” into schools on an European scale.

From 16 to 18 March 2012, the ANL, ALP and IUCN with CEC will organize a workshop where CEC experts will meet and discuss how the handbook could be used in the different European countries and also share experiences in education for biodiversity.

To register for the conference follow this link >>
 

Contact: Christian Stettmer, ANL
E-Mail: christian.stettmer@anl.bayern.de