The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its annual Environmental Education Camp for Teachers at Camp Wesleyana located along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. The four-day event was conducted during October 25-27, 2013 and engaged twenty-six (26) 2nd year teachers specializing in Primary Level education at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).
The Camp was geared towards enabling the teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to make effective environmental education interventions within their schools and communities. A variety of interactive teaching methods were employed that made maximum use of the surrounding natural environment. These were intended to enhance the development of analytical, investigative and communication skills and encourage team work and promote critical thinking.
Conducting a field exercise
As part of the training programme, the teachers were required to apply their newly garnered knowledge and skills to plan lessons that incorporated environmental education into different subject areas. The five best lesson plans were given special tokens of recognition.
A small group activity
But it was not all academic - teachers were given ample opportunity to engage their creative side. A talent face-off and camp fire saw participants infusing environmental awareness and education into drama, songs and poetry.
The teachers evaluated the training programme as highly recommended and pointed to need to engage a wider cross-section of teachers from across the country. The EPA has taken heed of this recommendation and continues to seek opportunities to extend the reach and scope of the programme.