Our interventions in primary schools, public and/or private secondary schools are rich in learning, discovery and exchanges with the school children. We are convinced that the acquisition of knowledge on sensitive topics such as biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and international solidarity will raise the consciences of our future eco-citizens. Knowing a little more about the benefits of the natural resources that the planet can bring will allow us to live better together, let us not forget that we are only a link in a long chain of living things… So let’s start by building our common future in harmony with nature!

Environmental education

We offer half-day educational interventions on the following topics:

BIODIVERSITY                          

“Exploring the Animal World: The Elephant” the largest terrestrial mammal is in danger of extinction (more than 25,000 individuals killed in 2014). Yet this animal plays a key role in the ecosystem. Using animated images, children will be able to comment on the information they receive about threatened species and the urgency of protecting them. Then the children will participate in our “eco-creative” workshop and will thus become actors in the protection of the last elephants…..

Learning objectives: Raise awareness about wildlife conservation, especially the elephant. Inform the student about the lifestyles of populations living with elephants. Introduce the student to the manufacture of recycled paper made from elephant dung, one of the solutions to protect elephants.

45-minute interactive PowerPoint to educate students about: biodiversity, ecosystems, understanding how species interact with each other. The discovery of wildlife, especially the elephant and population loss, poaching. The issue of the vital space between humans and elephant. The solutions to live in harmony with elephants.

Eco-creative workshop, 45 minutes: Explanation of the process to make recycled paper from elephant dung. This recycled paper, a source of income for people living with elephants, helps preserve elephant habitat while curbing deforestation. Discovery of the innovative paper and creation of a bookmark made from this paper (painting and drawing with the help of a stencil and natural pigments). This creation can be offered as part of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas… to convey the message of elephant preservation. Then, as the work dries, the students will watch…

A 20-minute documentary on the Elephant: ‘Animal hors-norm’: trunk, paws, ear everything is huge… How can you be so agile with such a physique? Discovery of the biological, physiological and behavioral portrait of the Elephant.

Additional information: To develop this theme, we are setting up correspondences with Kenyan schoolchildren. Linking spaces and populations belonging to different parts of the world shows that their destinies are linked in terms of preserving the environment.

Opening education for sustainable development to a dimension of international solidarity allows us to propose to the student to situate himself or herself through a threefold approach: to be informed, to be conscious and to be able to make choices.

“DISCOVERING THE PRIMARY FORETS” Primary tropical forests are home to most of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity: 70% of plant species and 80% of vertebrate species. Located on either side of the equator, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, these virgin forests extend mainly to Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia. Every year, 13 million hectares of primary tropical forests – the equivalent of the size of England – disappear from the face of the earth.

In 10 years, according to botanist Francis Hallé, they will have completely disappeared, victims of the massive exploitation of wood, palm oil, mining… Yet forests are an essential link in the chain of life. Indeed, they regulate the climate, the water cycle, and are home to the world’s richest ecosystems. However, are humans aware of their impact on the “lungs of the planet”?  How can we share and raise awareness in schools about the beauty and importance of tropical forests, and make them understand the important role these forests play in maintaining the overall balance of our planet? In response to these questions, we will provide media materials and educational sheets to accompany students to cross the gates of the world of the forests…

Educational objectives, within the framework of:

Scientist: to know the major areas of life and biodiversity. How life works: what is a tree, its primary role and the composition of a forest ecosystem.

Geography: what is the difference between a primary and secondary forest? Know how to situate them on the planisphere and know how to characterize the climate.

Sociology: discover its inhabitants, using as an example the primary forest of the Amazon.

Sustainable development: understanding the negative impact of the exploitation of virgin forest . To make students aware through practical work that they have the opportunity to act at their level to preserve the forests of tomorrow

Session and material: Equipment needs to be provided: a video projector and speakers (if this is not possible, notify us before the session)

1st half-day session in class: “Once upon a time, the forest”

Interactive PowerPoint (60 minutes) to educate students about:
Biodiversity: understanding the living world and plant development.

The forest ecosystem: knowing how living beings adapt to the conditions of a given environment. With the help of the worksheets, the student will have to find the interaction between the flora, fauna and inhabitants of the primary forests. Then classify them after redefining the different strata of the primary forest. Using different maps, the student will locate the primary forests and their climate on the planisphere.

Followed by a “Question/Answer” participatory debate.

Research Project (20 minutes): Encouraging students to continue research outside school: with the help of the teacher we will propose to students to collect plants from the ‘Côte d’Azur’; leaves, barks, roots, berries… to compare them and use them for the second session.

WWF documentary on the theme of primary forests (20 min)

2nd half-day session in class: “Building on what has been achieved to improve action!

Interactive PowerPoint (40 minutes) to educate students about: the issue and consequences of natural resource overexploitation in primary forests by humans. We will take the example of the Amazon forest through maps, graphics, photos and testimonies of the natives. Then the students will classify with the help of the worksheets the various human activities responsible for the degradation of primary forests.

Evolution of forests: the student becomes an actor of change (30 minutes): By using the plants collected by the students, groups will be able to touch, feel, observe, compare, classify and explain the utility of their findings. They will debate whether we should transform, destroy, manage forests or keep the forest in their original state?

Ecoresponsible artistic production (30 minutes): The student chooses one of the collected plant elements to create a herbarium with its legends. Recycled paper made from African elephant dung will be used for this natural creation. We will explain how our process of making recycled paper from elephant dung is a way to improve the coexistence between humans and wildlife while curbing deforestation. This work will then be displayed in the school. During the drying process, the students will visualize a documentary on deforestation (10 minutes)

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We intervene in your premises (with our equipment) or we can book a suitable room at the ‘Maison des Associations’ Place Garibaldi in NICE. For all bookings and information please contact 0673766013.