In nature there are no discriminations: an environmental education and awareness raising program for people with disabilities.
iSea in collaboration with the Center of Employment, Training and Daily Care of Disabled "Children of Spring" implements the project “Only together we can do it! In nature there are no discriminations: an environmental education and awareness raising program for people with disabilities” within the Points of Support Program, a joint initiative by the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Hellenic Hope charity organization, and the Bodossaki Foundation.
People with special needs are an integral part of the natural and social environment; they interact with it by forming it, developing it and producing culture. Thus, their awareness in environmental issues and their involvement in corresponding actions contribute to the “opening” of their structures in society, highlight the cooperation between them, develop their social skills, shape their values and create pro-environmental attitudes. Alongside, they contribute to society’s awareness towards them and their smooth social integration. According to UNESCO, Environmental Education must be applied in training activities for people with special needs. Besides, its basic principles may be practiced in order to inform them and raise their awareness towards environmental issues.
The project “Only together we can do it! In nature there are no discriminations", which is funded by the John Latsis Public Benefit Foundation in the context of the Points of Support Program, was implemented in three stages. At first, indoor activities were carried out at the premises of the "Children of Spring", where participants were informed by iSea trainers about marine animals, marine pollution and ways of protection through experiential activities and environmental games. The implementation of outdoor actions followed, where the participants applied their knowledge on environmental protection, gained pleasant experiences through visits in the region of Imathia and contacted their social environment.
The final aim of the project is the publication of this guide/ manual, a tool for those involved in the sector of special education and are interested in reaching the goals of special education based on Environmental Education’s principles. This guide consists of three parts: the theoretical, the practical, a detailed description of what has been implemented within the framework of the project and its results.