Wangari Maathai Peace Groves
This project promised to bring young activists and more seasoned activists together not only to learn about the inspiring life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai but to meet each other, take positive action together and to plant peace groves in Wangari’s honour. The launch took place in July 2015 with lots of interest from groups wanting to host the groves and from schools wanting to participate. Our partners eventually included St Philip's, St Margaret's, Birchfields Primary schools, the Hideaway youth group in Moss Side, Hulme Community Garden Centre, the Forever Garden, Birchfield's Park's forest gardeners and One Green World plus a host of amazing environmental and community activists from across Greater Manchester.
This project was funded by LUSH.
For the full case study on this exciting intergenerational project click here.
Tackling Nature Deficit Disorder
MEEN ran a project supporting Manchester's young people to access the outdoors to learn, play and enjoy! It began in Summer 2012 when we ran a conference focused on the good reasons for helping young people access outdoor learning and the issues that block access.
The project worked with three primary schools St Anne's Primary, Crumpsall Lane Primary and St Barnabas Academy who all went on a trip to the Peak District National Park. The follow up work in school built upon the experiences: St Barnabas set up an on-going after-school Nature Club for children and families; St Anne's ran an Early Years Gruffalo Day in the local river basin, whilst Crumpsall Lane wanted help in opening up a local 'Green Triangle' for outdoor learning. To learn more go to:
Thanks to Awards for All for funding this project.
Gaining Access to Learning Outside the Classroom
These successful projects led onto another project to help SEN schools in 'Gaining Access to Learning Outside the Classroom'. MEEN worked with four Manchester SEN schools - Grange, North Ridge, The Birches and Rodney House, helping create and support outdoor learning opportunities, whether in the school grounds, somewhere in the local environment or on organised school trips to exciting and memorable places.
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MEEN would like to thank the Equitable Charitable Trust and Awards for All for making this fantastic project possible.