We have taken part in the new Early Childhood Sustainable Citizenship Award from OMEP-UK. We achieved the Bronze award and are now working towards Silver! The scheme has been designed to promote the idea that humankind lives interdependently with the natural world. We have been encouraging children to learn about how they respect and care for each other and their wider environment.
Children and families take part in the award too and receive a sustainable citizenship ‘passport’ summarising the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the importance of living sustainably.
The passport also provides discounted entry to wildlife conservation parks and other community services.
Children can collect up to 15 award stickers for their passports at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. These can be attained by working at nursery or at home to complete educational activities ranging from the identification of three wild birds and the recycling of waste materials to recognition of cultural diversity.
All the activities are based around five educational areas which are designed to broadly address the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
· social-cultural education
· economics education
· environmental education
· emergent literacy education
· emergent numeracy education
Our children are encouraged to think about others through play and investigation. This ensures they develop appropriate social skills. Our visits to our local community encourages a respect for others and a valuing of different views and opinions.