The Group, ELFS, The Early Learning Friends, was set up in April 1998 by a group of Kindergarten and Preschool teachers from several of the main International Schools in Switzerland who recognized the need for regular job alike sessions amongst professional Early learning teachers.

Its aim originally was to give Early Learning teachers the opportunity to visit each other’s schools and to share ideas on various aspects of Early Learning education.

Over the years, the group has grown to include many small and larger international schools in Switzerland and, with this expansion the desire for workshops led by professionals in the field as well continued job alike sessions has grown.

The Group normally meets on a Saturday once or twice a year, varying the meeting place each time. We are a nonprofit making organization.

If your school is interested in joining ELFS, or if you are interested in being sent more details, please let me know.

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FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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