Ireland’s leading advocates for place-based and community-based learning, Burrenbeo Trust, will host some of Ireland’s top thinkers and practitioners specialising in this area from 11th-13th March 2016 in Kinvara, Co. Galway.
The event will focus on sustainable future development throughout the landscapes of Ireland with 100 delegates and facilitators attending the event.
Symposium coordinator, Brigid Barry of Burrenbeo Trust explained, ‘in a time of globalisation, the local is striving to be heard, and there seems to be a huge hunger for place-based and community-based learning in Ireland. Connecting people to their place can only benefit the community as it fosters a sense of pride, ownership and ultimately a sense of responsibility towards community and environment. While place-based learning can be applied anywhere, the Burren provides a superb location for this event – there’s a readily accessible range of cultural and natural heritage attributes – a wonderful ‘outdoor classroom’.
Place-based and community-based learning encourages the use of the local environment as a learning resource and engages the community as the drivers behind this. It immerses individuals in local heritage, culture and landscape, encouraging them to become more aware of their place and hopefully helps identify their role ensuring its sustainable future.
Burrenbeo Trust has been working in place-based education in the region for 10 years and firmly believes that the Burren provides an excellent model for implementing innovative education practices. Burrenbeo have developed programmes focusing on the importance of ‘place’ for primary, secondary and university students, as well as visitors, the local community and all those with an interest in the unique landscape. Burrenbeo strive to demonstrate models of best practice and share this transferable knowledge which has been developed within the ultimate learning landscape with built, natural and cultural heritage – the Burren.
With over 20 talks and interactive workshop sessions, the Learning Landscape Symposium 2016 will have something for everyone – providing the tools to bring the benefits of place-based learning to any local place. The event will include a combination of keynote lectures and themed workshops in venues across the beautiful village of Kinvara and site based workshops in the stunning Burren landscape. This exciting event is open to everyone but booking in advance is essential. There’s an Early Bird Special of €60 for the whole event until the 31st January… so get your booking in! Further details on www.burrenbeo.com.