Econova, a new way of education
Our theme this year is Rendez-vous de la Francophonie: at the heart of a change, and we’ll be featuring people, programs, and organizations at the heart of environmental, social, cultural, and community change all year long.
Let’s look to Canada’s west coast!
EcoNova is an innovative program transforming environmental education into a living experience at 40 French-language schools in British Columbia.
EcoNova’s hands-on approach offers students the chance to learn through action and experimentation. The program is adapted to suit three age groups: eco-explorers (5 to 10 years old), eco-detectives (11 to 14 years old) and eco-citizens (14 to 18 years old), and activities and projects the students manage and participate in include hydroponic greenhouses, worm composting, raising butterflies from larvae, carbon-footprint workshops, and even a chicken-hatchery!
My colleague, RVF French-language blogger Vanessa Lisabelle spoke with EcoNova’s Project Manager, Marie-Noëlle Holland, last week.
-> You can find out more about their conversation here.
It’s also well worth watching some of the videos that students have created in the program.
EcoNova is a project of Albor Pacific, developed in partnership with the Société de Développement Economique de la Colombie-Britannique and the Conseil Scolaire Francophone of British-Columbia.
Catherine Fisher, blogger
In partnership with the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada)