Funding success for Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre
Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Mains of Loirston Charitable Trust, which was set up to facilitate the education of school children attending Scottish schools in agricultural practices and farming. The funding will be used to develop and deliver two Continuing Professional Development Courses for primary school teachers on ‘growing vegetables in school’ and ‘food security’, and will cover topics such as practical gardening skills, why vegetables are part of a healthy diet and seasonality of foods grown in Scotland and sustainability. These topics are central to the science and social studies strands in the Curriculum for Excellence, however many primary teachers do not have a science background and may lack the confidence and skills required to deliver the subject in a practical and meaningful way. Additionally, these sessions will support the learning for sustainability agenda, which is an entitlement for all learners in Scotland as defined by Education Scotland. The CPD sessions are designed to build the confidence of teachers and enable them to pursue topics independently in their subsequent careers and ultimately continue to increase their pupil’s knowledge and awareness. It is therefore are an efficient and sustainable means of expanding the reach of our work on environmental sustainability to a wide audience of young people.