Earth School is providing free educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home stay connected to nature.
Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School, made for children and young people aged 5-18, takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world.
The 30-day adventure started on Earth Day on 22 April. Everyday TED-Ed releases new content daily and will continue until World Environment Day (5 June). It is expected that the content will remain online.
According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 1.5 billion learners are affected by COVID-19 school closures.
The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.
Each Adventure has been carefully selected by a panel of expert practitioners and caters to different age groups. Each consists of a hands-on experiment and nature discovery. In addition to TED-Ed’s own content, Earth School features videos from National Geographic, PBS LearningMedia and the BBC with the goal of empowering participating students to be caretakers of our planet.
Logan Smalley, founding director of TED’s youth and education initiative, TED-Ed, said: “Despite being confined to their homes, this project shows that students, parents and teachers throughout the world can still engage in science-based learning and adventures together. Earth School is a gateway to some of the most inspiring lessons on nature and the environment, and each lesson comes with practical and fun activities that students can engage with and share.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com