COVID-19: Creativity is not lockdowned

Within COVID-19 health crisis, from Anthesis Lavola education team we keep working to continue providing value to our clients. We would like to share some projects we collaborate in, that have been reoriented thanks to our ability to adapt and innovate.

Crises define moments when routines change, causing uncertainty and confusion but also opening a time space between previous and future routine that enables certain freedom to adapt to the present reality. In this period,

our education team has responded with proactivity, creativity and speed, and has received better predisposition and receptivity of clients to continue with ongoing projects adapted to new circumstances.

Therefore, our great challenge over the last few weeks and next to come is to refocus our projects, programs and services for our clients. We have managed to continue offering quality proposals -in environmental education and sustainability- but in a non-presential way for both educational communities and citizenship. These are some of those initiatives:

In-depth improvements

Due to cancellation of face-to-face activities in many educational programs we take the opportunity to do a thorough review of the offer. It is an ideal moment to do this reflection involving all parts and stakeholders of the project (who carries out the activity, who the idea is, who coordinates it and who drives it) since the school year pace often doesn’t facilitate stopping – taking perspective. Educational teams from different programs are making an exhaustive analysis of the set of activities offered to detect where improvements and updates can be done to contents or materials.

This is the case of MancoEduca, the environmental education program of Pamplona’s commonwealth, in which the educational team will have the participation of one its technicians in order to make the identified improvements more operational. This thorough review will also be carried out in the program Compartim un futur for Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area body by applying the gender perspective and incorporating both the new PREMET25 waste plan and the new Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area climate and energy Plan 2030.

Virtual teaching

In the same way that activities we design for educational programs aim to facilitate discovery and meaningful learning of students during visits or workshops, the new reviewed offer maintains quality of contents and adapt them to virtual format, taking advantage of existing digital tools.

Both the MancoEduca program and Acierta con la orgánica (Get Organic Right) campaign for Madrid City Council have allowed to create two different Google sites as a repository of activities and educational proposals. Activities have been organized according to different types of public (nursery, primary and secondary students and citizens in general), so that either teachers can share them with students or citizens can consult them. Likewise, within the campaign’s framework, video-workshops have been produced where educators and environmental informants present relevant knowledge while making practical demonstrations to reveal information. ‘Compartim un futur’ and ‘Com funciona Barcelona?‘ programs are also exploring this avenue to adapt and transform their educational offerings.

On the other hand, the pedagogical program Get to know our Natural Parks bets on launching weekly challenges addressed to students and conveyed through teachers, where different Nature park directors of Barcelona’s delegation encourage students to discover and investigate some aspects of natural spaces.

Presence on social networks

Projects aim at producing specific content for either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook channels, which is a fundamental tool for maintaining and strengthening contact with the public. At this moment we use social media to find new ways to address followers and  create interaction, generate debate, offer information capsules, etc. Live chats on Instagram and Twitter are one of the proposals offered by the campaign “Acierta con la orgánica” (Get Organic Right), calling for weekly virtual meetings on social networks to answer questions to followers (Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm, via Twitter and 6 to 7 pm, via Instagram). Likewise, the campaign continues raising awareness on recycling through information calls addressed to citizenship and evaluation of the waste collection systems.

Teams Training

Stop by to learn new resources and new educational methodologies and also to create synergies between educational teams  will be actions to carry out during this period. For sure this will be very useful for our daily practice as environmental educators. The MancoEduca program has developed a training session on ‘learning – service’ methodology adapted to community service on environmental issues, which will be done by the educational team in charge of ‘How does Barcelona work?’ program.

These are some of the actions currently being conducted in response to the lockdown . Anthesis Lavola’s educational team will be facing more and new challenges in the coming weeks, but we will continue providing value to our clients and making possible the evolution and transformation projects need. Despite the current situation, scientific and environmental education for sustainability doesn’t stop and is much more necessary than ever.