Following our inaugural sell out ReWILD the Child event, which showed parents and anyone with a vested interest in childhood why sending kids outside to roam in nature was better than putting them in front of a screen, Subjects that Matter, in association with The Deep Green Bush School, proudly present:
ReWILD the Child 2 - The Great Outdoors. Next Generation Education.
It is increasingly important that we connect children to nature; the reasons behind this need are far-reaching. On a global scale, parents and educators are now taking deeper notice of the significant benefits seen by not only playing in nature but learning in nature.
As such, this event will reveal why playing and learning in the great outdoors is one of the most valuable and effective ways to educate a child. Our future generations deserve to be taught within a system that realises their full potential and guides them to create a vibrant and sustainable future.
Accordingly, we bring you four expert, inspirational speakers, each championing complementary aspects of a nature-based childhood.
You’ll also view a specially tailored premiere of international award-winning Film, NaturePlay. This 18-minute film sample includes actor Matt Damon’s endorsement of a movement that seeks to leave the current education system behind.
Meet Your Champions of Childhood:
Tim Gill – Celebrated UK scholar, author and founding patron of the UK’s Forest Schools Association was awarded an honorary doctorate for his ‘outstanding contribution to improving children’s lives.’
‘Why a Rich Diet of Childhood Experiences Feed the Mind, Body & Soul’
Dr. John Perrott – Highly regarded lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, Conservation Biologist and mātauranga māori adviser, with over 20 years’ experience.
‘Combining Old Ways of Knowing with New Ways of Doing’
Jan Beatson – One of New Zealand’s leading exponents of outdoor education for almost 40 years. Founder of the Out and About Life Education Trust and ever-expanding network of Play and Learn nature kindergartens & playgroups.
‘The Great Outdoors. Where Children Learn How to Think, Not What to Think’
Joey Moncarz – Enterprising educationalist, re-wilding researcher, co-founder and head teacher of New Zealand’s first Ministry of Education registered ‘bush school.’
‘Raising Humans, Not Machines; Education for Maturity, Wisdom and Responsibility’