On World Education Day, which is being held today, there is a concern for urbanized children’s education, far from nature, director of Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City as we are becoming urbaner and our contact with nature is more difficult.
That urbanization of education and our way of living is what makes our children have an increasingly theoretical and less experiential understanding of nature; this is a great concern. In addition to living in a world so urbanized and with little access to nature can generate more stress, which leads to many problems, from relatively minor as grinding teeth and occupies a dentist in Tijuana, to the most serious as carcinogens caused by stress.
The World Education Day, promoted by the United Nations (UN), highlights among its objectives the mobilization of scientific knowledge and policies related to science with a view to sustainable development.
Given the need to bring children to environmental awareness and appreciation of nature, Papalote Museo del Niño modified its museography and took advantage of the outdoor spaces “to invite nature to enter the Museum”, explained an expert in cultural management.
Experts in conservation and environmental education bring farm animals to interact with visitors in “Encuentro animal”.
Visitors can also visit the urban garden, the chinampa area and, in “The gardener’s house”, create “bombs”, as they are called small spheres of land with seeds and natural fertilizer that can be taken home for transplanting. There they coexist closely with bugs like butterflies and worms.
A small visitor said that she liked the site a lot because she could meet animals and learn the importance of taking care of them.
Learn to see, knowing how to admire; that is what we are teaching. Trees and species in nature have names, surnames, and all living beings need respect and affection.