In our digital age, connecting children to nature seems more difficult than ever. Fortunately, intrepid thinkers such as Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar and Davide Troiani, a team of designers based in Rome, envision innovative ways to bring children closer to nature. They recently won the AWR International Ideas Competition with “Nursery Fields Forever”, a proposal that combines urban agriculture with early childhood education.
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Agriculture in preschool.
This project offers three learning approaches: learning from nature, learning from technique, and learning from doing.
” We think that children should enjoy nature, ” Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta told Fast Company. “ So we designed this strange school: there are no classrooms, but spaces where vegetables grow and animals can be too many. It is a mixture of the two things, school and nature ”.
The school is designed as a set of buildings overlooking a wide variety of fields and livestock pens.
How to teach children to grow their own food.
Teaching children how to grow and harvest their own food, as well as interacting with animals, could help them improve their social skills through teamwork, boost self-esteem, and promote healthy lifestyles. Students would also learn about renewable energy in a space in the school reserved for wind turbines and solar panels.
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