Have you RSVP’d for National Tree Day (NTD) activities ye? We have two events coming up on the last weekend of July in Parkes and Forbes. We would particularly encourage landholders and families in the Parkes and Forbes Shires to join us on the day.
We look forward to catching up with everyone over a BBQ lunch. NTD is a good opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with some old ones!
Have you thought about some of the benefits of joining us for NTD? Last years report from Planet Ark examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest future challenges facing humanity.
These challenges have been defined by the United Nations and include food security, refugees, access to clean water, population increase, and climate change the most concerning overall.
The report, Learning from Trees: Life Lessons for Future Generations, which is sponsored by Toyota Australia and released ahead of National Tree Day, asked 200 Australian teachers to identify the crucial skills students will need most to tackle global challenges, such as climate change, in the future.
Teachers (100 primary and 100 secondary) ranked the following skills and attributes in order of importance: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); problem solving and critical thinking; creativity and innovation; compassion; ‘grit’ (determination, resilience, perseverance); emotional intelligence and trade skills.
The results show 60 per cent of surveyed teachers chose critical thinking and problem solving, grit and emotional intelligence as the most important skills.
Interestingly 60 per cent also ranked these skills as their students’ weakest, with grit the weakest overall. Only four per cent of Australian teachers considered STEM in the top three most needed skills.
Research cited in the report shows how children can develop these key skills by learning outdoors, both during and outside of school hours, so providing opportunities for outdoor learning is a critical priority for parents, teachers and the wider community.
In the report, Clinical Psychologist, Kirrilie Smount talks about the resilience related skills that we need to be teaching our children. These aren’t learnt from a book.
When you go to the Planet Ark website to register for National Tree Day, you can check out the report and find out more information. The report is due for release on July 13. We will have NTD merchandise provided by Toyota for your wearing pleasure.