The PEEC (Program Environmental Education & Citizenship) brings people of all age groups, from 4 years old to adults, in solving problems in, with and for their community. The actors will select the problem (physical, biophysical or social environment) and will solve it for real (ex: vandalism, climate change, potable water, wasting of energy, bullying...)
The PEEC is valuable and performant because the actors are motivated and empowered from the beginning into the process. They lead the project and decide what problem thay want to solve. The teacher (or community worker,...) is a guide.
So far, since 2001, all PEEC projects have been successfully achieved.
Through the PEEC's 13 steps, the community becomes the goal and the agent of education.
For more details, see the documentary Hope Builders: http://www.nfb.ca/film/hope_builders/
As already mentioned, the problem will be selected by the actors themselves. The process is based on the model Action Research for the Community Problem Solving. This is a 13 steps' model. In resume, they will:
> select a problem based on criterias that they nominate (ex feasability, time allowed, budget)
> analyse the problem deeply,
> analyse the solutions,
> select the best solution,
> implement an action plan to solve the problem,
> assure the follow up to make the solution sustainable
Beyond 15 models, the PEEC has been analysed by the Canadian Chair of Environmental Education. This model has shown the most strengths and qualities. Because the actors are in action and involved into the decision process, they develop their sense of place and self esteem. So far (2001-2012) the collected datas support strongly this statement.
For 2012-2015, we expect that 4000 actors (pupils, students, adults, citizens in general) will have solved problems in their communities.
Visite the PEEC website to learn more...