Environmental educators get connected
Picture this: an environmental education conference in Uganda that would bring together A Rocha delegates from across Africa and host workshops for teachers and local church leaders, as well as a church tree planting day. That was A Rocha International’s plan for our fourth environmental education conference to be held in June. Then came COVID-19 and the inevitable question: can we adapt this into an online conference? There is no substitute for face-to-face relationships, and the technology and time zones would be an issue for some, but it would mean that we could go global, low-carbon and save valuable resources.
So, 26 delegates from 15 countries joined over four days to explore the impact of COVID-19 on each A Rocha organization, discuss nature’s benefits for health and wellbeing and share environmental education stories and resources.
Here’s what people had to say about the first virtual conference:
- ‘It connected us in a way we’ve not been able to be before, which is fantastic!’
- ‘It was very participatory and I love the idea of people sharing initiatives and lessons with others.’
- ‘Technology allowed more of us who might not get there in person to participate.’
- ‘It was great getting to know each other and being able to share our work, worries and struggles.’
We look forward to a sequel later in the year!