who: Educar Forestando (Educating through production and planting of trees) is a non governmental organisation. It develops environmental education training programs mainly aimed at kindergarten and primary school teachers, although secondary schools, institutions for people with disabilities and NGOs participate in the program as well. Educar Forestando is committed to providing education on environment management through urban greening projects, environmental recuperation, ecological sustainability and resources management. The environmental programmes give their attention to children, ages 0 to 9, and youth, from 10 years to adult. Programmes include children's participatory planning and leadership development.
why: Educar Forestando's purpose is to strengthen, both in teachers and pupils, those values that lead to sustainable development, such as respect for natural resources, participation, solidarity, tolerance and a forward-looking vision. It also fosters co-operative behaviour and joint work between individuals and institutions towards social welfare, without political, religious, racial, or gender distinction.
what: Educar Forestando plans training on environmental issues, tree nursing and tree planting as an instrument to raise awareness and incorporates them into the teachers’ curricula. To this end, they deliver a one-year training course in which teachers are trained on how to produce trees into primary schools in order to gain the children’s interest.
Educar Forestando's programme teaches how to plant trees in urban communities. It also provides teachers and pupils with books and reading material of their own authorship. Technical assistance visits to the schools involved are also included. Working with trees as living beings teach the children to develop a caring relationship (“We believe that, in order to change cultural habits, it is essential to work with information and perception”), generate positive actions towards the community, solve environmental issues and offer financial support. Moreover, working with trees is positively viewed by society.
partners: Educar Forestando has fostered alliances between schools and other organisations to plan and carry out its actions. These organisations may include town halls, communes, neighbourhood committees, old people homes, fire brigades, NGOs, other schools, local mass media, or police stations.
The European Commission, Fundación ARCOR, the Canadian Embassy, Banco Suquia (Bank), TV station ‘Telefé’, and Instituto de Ciencias de la Administración of the Universidad Católica de Córdoba are the main partners of Educar Forestando in this project.