Learning about Forest
LeAF theme 2015/2016
“Products, Benefits and Services from the Forest”
CRITERIA’S FOR THE NATIONAL PROGRAMMES
Institution organising the national programme is an associate or full member of FEE or an affiliate member of FEE with a written contract with the national associate or full member of FEE.
Organising institution appoints national operator who is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the national programme.
National steering committee
Broad-based national steering committee for the programme is established with representatives from various co-operating partners. Partners should represent social, ecological and economical values of forests, as well as educational experts. For example, national authorities of Forestry and Education, forest economic and industry interests, environmental organisations, teacher / teacher training organisations, labour union for foresters, etc. The main duty of the committee is to guide the programme to deliver suitable activities, materials and contacts.
Programme activities and materials
All programme activities, teacher trainings, materials for students and teachers are in accordance with LEAF programme vision, mission and philosophy.
Specifically, national programme, through its activities and materials:
- covers multiple functions of forests (an ecological understanding of forests or forest processes, an economical dimension of forests and a socio-cultural understanding of forests);
- encourages participating schools/classes/groups to include field trips to forests in their learning about forests activities;
- if possible, addresses common international theme of LEAF and encourages schools/classes/groups to choose it for their work.
Reports to international coordination
The national operator must submit one report each year (due at the end of April) to the international co-ordination. The report shall include:
- Partners involved (schools and institutions)
- Programme activities
- Programme materials
- If possible, number and grade of pupils involved
Programme aspects for national operators
The school/class/group must work on at least one forest topic a year.
The topic must include:
- An ecological understanding of forests or forest processes
- An economic dimension of forests
- A socio-cultural understanding of forests
The school/class/group shall be encouraged to choose the theme of LEAF.
The forest project must involve at least one field trip to a forest, as well as work in the classroom.
National operator is encouraged to use LEAF international network potential at its maximum:
- to share national materials and good practices on the LEAF website
- to take part in National Operators Meetings and other networking opportunities
- Support schools/classes/groups find partner schools/classes/groups for international cooperation and exchange