Education: Tunisia, Open Green School opens in Mahdia

One-of-a-kind in the region, a generator for empathy

24 June, 13:29

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 24 - An open-air laboratory space for children called the "Open Green School" has been inaugurated in Mahdia, Tunisia and is one-of-a-kind in the region. The project was created by the Centre Hippique Mahdia, directed by Maria Gabriella Incisa di Camerana, who is originally from Piedmont but has made her home in Tunisia; and the association L'eveil de l'enfant. It is an "empathy generator" where children aren't required to sit at desks, are encouraged to express their joy without repressing it, to create their own educational space, and to learn in a playful, participatory, and vivacious way, while respecting social and health measures in place. "Children need to move, to vent, and to have fun in order to learn better, most of all now, after the period of confinement and closure of educational institutions that touched Tunisia as well, due to the coronavirus pandemic," Incisa di Camerana said. "This project is a scholastic support centre, presented successfully to local authorities, in which roles are shared between educators and accredited personnel, supported by animals who are true teachers of life. Dogs, cats, horses, and ponies reduce social distancing, promoting emotional education in a positive way and developing psychomotor skills through multisensory activities," she said. The animals aren't elements for observation but rather an integral part of the teaching staff and contribute to the development of abilities such as logic, independence, concentration, problem resolution, motor and organisational skills, coordination, as well as social and civil interaction. The activities, many of them are innovative and patented, are open to children ages 4-12. There is also a programme for integrating children with difficulties such as trouble in school, developmental delays, dyspraxia, anxiety, behavioral problems, autistic spectrum disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).(ANSAmed)(ANSA).

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