Position Paper on Outdoor Education

position paper outdoor education

The last decade has witnessed a surge in various forms of outdoor practices, responding in part to a growing concern about children’s changing relationship with their environment, as well as the startling loss of nature as a consequence of the Anthropocene. The efforts, however, remain marginal and unequal. According to a global survey spanning 44 countries between 2017 and 2018, two thirds (65%) of primary teachers worldwide reported that children in their schools receive less than one hour of outdoor playtime a day, with 12% actually indicating that children get less than 30 minutes. Paradoxically, 97% of these teachers also acknowledged the critical importance of outdoor play throughout the day for children to realise their full potential. 

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