Education Without Walls Launch
We are thrilled to share the exciting news about the successful launch of Education Without Walls, the Co. Fermanagh-based education portal by the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP). On Thursday, 8th of June 2023, a remarkable gathering took place, bringing together teachers, natural heritage education providers, and representatives from the Department of Education.
Education Without Walls is a truly unique learning platform that encourages educators to break down the barriers of traditional classrooms and embrace outdoor learning. It aligns with the National Curriculum, while specifically focusing on the fascinating species and habitats found in Co. Fermanagh.
You can access this valuable resource at www.lelp.org.uk/education, where you will find a comprehensive collection of 54 structured lesson plans, accompanied by a wealth of supporting activities and educational resources from our natural heritage education partners. The content is thoughtfully categorized into age ranges, spanning Key Stages 1, 2, and 3. It is important to note that Education Without Walls is freely available to everyone, including teachers, education providers, parents, and community groups.
These lesson plans and resources have been developed by Tony Smith, the LELP Environmental Education Officer. The primary aim is to foster a deep connection between learners and their local environment, nurturing a new generation of passionate young naturalists who will cherish and protect our unique Fermanagh landscape, biodiversity, and wildlife.
We would also like to acknowledge the valuable contributions from various organizations and groups that have collaborated with LELP to provide additional content and access to a wider range of learning materials. Now, educators can find all these resources conveniently in one place. Furthermore, we are excited to mention that, in addition to the online platform, physical educational resources can be accessed through the LELP Community Hub and Equipment Library. These combined offerings will make it easier than ever for teachers and educators to deliver outdoor natural heritage education to children in Fermanagh.
Education Without Walls is an ever-evolving project, and we warmly invite anyone who has additional resources or lesson plans to contribute to the platform. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We deeply appreciate the support and funding received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs, without which this remarkable resource would not have been possible.