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Learning Without Walls
Reconnecting children, teachers and families with nature
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A partnership between NIFSA and the Dufferin Foundation at Clandeboye
Dendron Lodge - Clandeboye

About the Learning Without Walls Campaign

What is it?

"An hour a week is what we seek". We want school children to spend at least one hour outside every week as part of their school timetable. Learning Without Walls is the vision of Lady Dufferin and The Dufferin Foundation. She is passionate about getting children engaged with nature and inspiring teachers to take their lessons outside.

View this presentation. It explains the benefits of getting children outside and why it is so important.

When you are done please help us by signing our petition or donating to Learning Without Walls.

How will we do it?

The Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA) is leading on the Learning Without Walls campaign.

Working in partnership with Councils and other Public and Voluntary bodies, NIFSA have developed a number of programmes to train and support schools on their journey -

  • Forest School Awards - supported by local Councils and companies. Schools participate in a 6-week Forest School training programme in the local Park or school grounds.
  • School visits to Clandeboye Estate - schools can visit Clandeboye Estate in Bangor to experience outdoor learning first-hand.
  • Development of localised Nature Ranger Centres - NIFSA will be developing local Nature Ranger Centres across Northern Ireland. Dedicated NIFSA staff will be able to support teachers in the nearby local schools.
  • Continuing development of outdoor learning resources - website, newsletters, training courses, on-line tutorials and much more.

We can only do it with your support. Please sign the Petition below. This will be used to lobby local and central Government to get them to support the Learning Without Walls campaign.

You can also donate money towards the campaign. 100% of all money received goes towards training new Forest Schools in Northern Ireland.

Sign our Learning Without Walls Petition

We will use all the names gathered to lobby local and central Government to make our campaign a reality.