Education and Culture

Nowadays we know that education has a great potential for social transformation, which cannot be reduced to the transmission of the culture from the adult to young generation to maintain a given social order. In an eminently dynamic and complex world, where speed is one of their characteristics, education must contribute to the transformation of social and environmental reality in all its levels and dimensions, but certainly also in charge of transmitting and preserving cultural traditions of different people who, because of the intense cultural contact made through time, have become World heritage Site.

Also, understanding that today different conceptions exists about the direction of educational action, has shown that not only it is carried out at young from adults, but children and young people into adults is a new perspective. In other words, there is a multidirectional of educational activities across sectors and social groups, between leaders and led of various people of the world. The main idea is to support environmental education activities towards sustainable development, using practical examples and accessible language for teachers who only handle basic knowledge, at the same time to stimulate those who already have some knowledge of statistics.

First, we find that in the country, environmental education is a fairly new area for the vast majority of teachers of basic education. In fact, environmental education activities have been promoted mainly in the field of non-formal environmental education and usually have permeated some regular school programs that go beyond the implementation of campaigns and any formal character or curriculum support. Second, much of the people working in environmental education programs, especially those cut out of school and curriculum, lack of teacher training.

The quality of education in general and the influence to contribute to the formation of values and practical skills to prevent and solve environmental problems in particular, does not necessarily acquire sophisticated equipment. We are convinced that they can be useful only as they are embedded within a process that encourages critical thinking, the rise of commitment, creativity and consistent and responsible action. The environmental problems of the region are: a high degree of river pollution, inadequate solid waste management, indiscriminate poaching of endemic species, high rates of deforestation, air pollution, burning of garbage in the open spaces, irresponsible waste management industrial, loss of native species, exploitation and irrational use of water. Faced with this problem, the Environmental Education Center formulates and proposes theoretical and practical tools to support processes of students enrolled in different levels through non-formal education, taught in the Environmental Culture Workshop. Environmental Culture is something that can help transform and become a critical subject of what happens around us.

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