Learning sustainability: Gunter's fables.

Learning sustainability: Gunter Pauli's fables

Teaching children how to take care of the Planet

Sustainability and healthy food systems start with children, as agents of change and not only recipients of knowledge. Bringing sustainable food systems and good nutrition practices to children and kids is at the heart of the mandate of BCFN. As the need for greater sustainability becomes more apparent globally, so does the importance of embedding sustainability in children’s programs. This is the rationale behind the initiative “Gunter’s Fables”, developed in joint collaboration with Gunter Pauli, and the Zeri Foundation.

Teaching children how to take care of the Planet
Teaching children how to take care of the Planet

The new edition of Gunter Pauli's Fables has been published following the success met by the first book. Entitled Five New Children's Fables, it aims to educate children about trending topics using simple language and imagery: from the fable "Goats like apples" which teaches about the importance of seasonality and how man can use goat's milk to produce a number of derivates, to "No bread for the ducks" which focuses on the importance of following a correct, well-balanced diet for ensuring healthy growth and development.

Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their worlds. This lays the foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood.

Gunter started to write children stories since he had to explain to his children what kind of work he had embarked on which took him away from home. In his quest to design a new paradigm, and implement a new economic model which is capable of responding to the needs of everyone on Earth, he developed a series of learning tools that have been widely tested for the first time in 2001 in Curitiba, Brazil with 110,000 children and 6,000 teachers.

 

Today, his learning systems are used in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and from January 2018 in Italy.

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