It’s hard to remember what you learned in preschool. It was so long ago, during the first years of your life. You remember learning the alphabet and numbers, but you probably weren’t taught the importance of sustainable food. This preschool will change the way you think about how our education system works. A remarkable farming preschool called Nursery Fields Forever teaches young children about solar panels, wind turbines, and the importance of gardening by combing urban planning with sustainable agriculture.
The first years of life are when the mind is most open to new information, and we learn the lessons and values that carry us through the rest of our lives. Contemporary child education often uses, on the one hand, a “textbook approach”, and on the other hand, new technology takes up the spotlight in both teaching methods and the subjects themselves.
But this begs the question: are we teaching our younger generations about the world around them? This tactical, conservational approach to is an effort by Rome-based designers to advance a cleaner and an ecologically safe world.
Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Troiani devised the preschool campus to bring modern technology and farming together for kids to learn with hands-on behavior.
Dolcetta’s team won the AWR International Ideas Competition for his concept. Dolcetta says he thinks that kids should enjoy nature, and designed the school to have no classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. He says it’s a healthy blend of school and nature.
Moving forward into a new world, the capability to cultivate one’s food is instrumental. This school’s three-tiered methodology of education from nature, learning from technique, and learning from practice is also beginning to catch on.
Traditional learning settings and newer spaces that merge teaching and cultivation are cohesive, which create an alternating sequence for groups of children to understand the elements of nature through experience. Children are taught how to respect and domesticate livestock.
Infants can even benefit from the program through contact with animals that promotes relaxation and inquisitiveness in babies. This can also develop their immune system against common allergens.
Nursery Fields Forever salvages the nursery as a place for children to not only be fostered but “to raise and construct themselves.” Is this the new schooling of the future?
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