The main purpose of environmental education is to raise environmental awareness by increasing environmental conscience and to create pro-environmental behaviour. It has an important role to educate children and young people consciously and sensitively about the environment to find a permanent solution to the environmental problems. Awareness about the

responsibilities of all citizens are particularly important because  adults have serious influence on the emergence of environmental problems. Environmental education and training raises awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it.

The service-learning programs offered by ICTIDC Environmental Education Academy provide learners and teachers with support through grants and other resources for action projects.

Top 10 Benefits of Environmental Education

1. Imagination and enthusiasm are heightened
EE is hands-on, interactive learning that sparks the imagination and unlocks creativity. When EE is integrated into the curriculum, students are more enthusiastic and engaged in learning, which raises student achievement in core academic areas.

2. Learning transcends the classroom
Not only does EE offer opportunities for experiential learning outside of the classroom, it enables students to make connections and apply their learning in the real world. EE helps learners see the interconnectedness of social, ecological, economic, cultural, and political issues.

3. Critical and creative thinking skills are enhanced
EE encourages students to research, investigate how and why things happen, and make their own decisions about complex environmental issues.  By developing and enhancing critical and creative thinking skills, EE helps foster a new generation of informed consumers, workers, as well as policy or decision makers.

4. Tolerance and understanding are supported 
EE encourages learners to investigate varying sides of issues to understand the full picture.

It promotes tolerance of different points of view and different cultures.

5. Local and European learning standards are met for multiple subjects
While in some European countries curriculum objectives, such as, environmental attitude, knowledge, and awareness (AKA), have been investigated as ways to improve the overall behavior of future citizens toward the environment, in others environmental education still needs to be further developed and enriched with learner-center non-formal educational approaches and methods. By incorporating EE practices into the curriculum, teachers and trainers can integrate a wide range of training subjects, including science, math, language arts, history, and more into one rich lesson or activity, and still satisfy numerous national and academic standards in all subject areas. Outdoor training activities or creative training, bringing nature indoors provides an excellent backdrop or context for interdisciplinary learning .

6. Biophobia and nature deficit disorder decline
By exposing students to nature and allowing them to learn and play outside, EE fosters sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment.  It combats “nature deficit disorder” … and it’s FUN!

7. Healthy lifestyles are encouraged
EE gets students outside and active, and helps address some of the health issues we are seeing in children today, such as obesity, attention deficit disorders, and depression.  Good nutrition is often emphasized through EE and stress is reduced due to increased time spent in nature.

8. Communities are strengthened
EE promotes a sense of place and connection through community involvement.

When learners decide to learn more or take action to improve their environment, they reach out to community experts, donors, volunteers, and local facilities to help bring the community together to understand and address environmental issues impacting their neighborhood.

9. Responsible action is taken to better the environment
EE helps learners understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment, builds knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues, as well as ways we can take action to keep our environment healthy and sustainable for the future.  

10. Learners and teachers are empowered
EE promotes active learning, citizenship, and student leadership.

It empowers young people to share their voice, stand for their rights and make a difference at their school and in their communities.

EE helps teachers and trainers build their own environmental knowledge and teaching skills. 

In ICTIDC Environmental Education Academy, we see the environmental education as a process that allows individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment.

As a result of our training, our learners develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.

The environmental education we provide increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. In doing so, it provides trainers and learners from all over Europe with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action.