Outdoor learning is an effective method of instruction that exposes learners to authentic
hands-on experiences that are meaningful to them and contribute to their academic success. This
also motivates them to be environmental stewards that contribute to sustainable development in
the nation. With the increase in environmental issues facing the country due to natural factors
and human impact, there is need for education of citizens to positively influence their decision
towards choices and actions that will curb these problems in the nation. Beginning at a
foundational level of education is important to gradually impart the knowledge, skills, attitudes
and participation of pupils as they progress through the academic ladder and interact in the
community in which they live. This project focused of developing Environmental Science
Education curriculum for Cameroon’s English-Speaking Elementary schools. Developing
lessons for teachers was necessary to solve problems related to lack of time and resources
necessary to teach lessons in the outdoor setting. The lessons are also tools for encouraging best
practices in environmental education at school and in the community as they focus on common
environmental issues in the community. A pilot test is the first step in the implementation of this
rich curriculum, followed by modifications and large-scale implementation at the national level.
This curriculum project is beneficial to both systems of education in Cameroon as its focus is on
outdoor learning in EE which could be applied to other subjects. Finally, the integration of the
different EE topics into other subjects and topics is important to broaden knowledge in concepts
and apply in different real-life situations.
A Plan B Project submitted to the faculty of the University of Minnesota by Kfukfu Nsangong in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Education, May 2019. Committee chair: Julie Ernst. This item has been modified from the original to redact the signatures present.
Environmental Science Education Curriculum for Outdoor Learning in Cameroon’s English-Speaking Primary Schools. A Pilot Project for Mission Schools in Limbe 1 Sub Division-Cameroon.
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