Holistic approach to teaching kids
CONCERNED that the education system isn't preparing children for the future has stirred a local group to seek alternatives.
Elemental Education is a non-profit organisation, which aims to better equip children with the skills needed to be happy and successful.
Co-founder Jeremy Bowden said the developing model combined the elements of sustainability, well-being, creativity, education and community.
"These aspects feed into one another and offer a holistic alternative to the current model of learning," Mr Bowden said
Co-founder Lilly Moody believes that most schools don't value practical life skills as highly as academic success.
"So many schools are only promoting academic achievement and even though it's important, it's not the only crucial element. We need to prepare children for the reality of taxes, rental applications and paying bills," Ms Moody said.
"On top of that kids need to learn how to look after their bodies."
Mr Bowden is also concerned that many schools fail to teach children tolerance and acceptance.
"We get taught about our background, our heritage, but what about other cultures?
"This stuff is a fact of life and kids need to know that," he said. "We are just offering a more holistic approach to learning and to community in general.
The group will hold an alcohol- and-drug-free workshop on August 17-19 featuring a meal, music and a cafe as well as workshops on Free Man's Law, permaculture and sustainable design, musical composition, positive psychology and more.
For more information visit http://www.elementaleducation.org.