“A deep appreciation of the natural environment is at the very heart of the outdoor education and training sector and will be intrinsic in its future growth in embedding these principles in its activities and their positioning as centres of progressive education in promoting a sustainable environment.”
“Young people in both mainstream education and Youthreach initiatives have benefitted greatly through these initiatives, in not only discovering skills specific to outdoor activities but also skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking which are valuable for young people as active citizens.”
“Indeed, the scope for outdoor education and training centres as centres for fostering inclusion are immense, with opportunities for linkages with broader FET provision enabling adult learners and many non-traditional learners from ethnic minorities, areas of designated disadvantage, and disabilities to benefit from the resources and expertise on offer.”
Staff from ETB outdoor education centres gathered for the two-day event, including a specially-convened meeting of ETB and OETC directors, and held training sessions with a particular focus on sustainability and the green agenda.
Welcoming attendees, Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) Director of Further Education and Training, Fiona Maloney, said:
“A transformative outdoor experience can contribute to the development of our learners’ environmental stewardship empowering them to reach their full potential and to contribute to society at all stages of their lives, to develop the personal and social skills necessary to be active citizens, effective employees and drivers of change for a better environment and a more sustainable future.”