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CAT Education - schools and groups



CAT Education Projects

Examples of CAT education projects include:-

UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Education Project

In 2010, the Dyfi Valley became accredited as a UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve. CAT Education have been an active member of the Dyfi Biosphere Education Group, along with other local education providers such as Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust and RSPB Ynys-hir. The group have been supporting the 21 schools in the Biosphere Reserve with activities, conferences and events for teachers and pupils to help them discover more about sustainability through the perspective of the Biosphere.

As of 2013, The Dyfi Biosphere Education Group's activity plans and resources are now available online. The activities successfully deliver ESDGC, the Skills Framework and Curriculum Cymreig and the activities explore all elements of the Biosphere, from food and buildings to woodlands and bogs. Download the resources here.



UNESCO Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) for ESD Cymru

In 2010, Wales was successful in being accredited as UNESCO RCE Cymru, part of an international initiative as part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, to disseminate ESD more effectively. RCEs are cross –sectoral, involving formal education, businesses, NGOs and media, and also forge links within the education sector – universities, colleges and schools. CAT have been a founder member and sit on the steering group. An aim of RCE Cymru is to provide transformative education, that critiques methodology.



UNESCO RCE Cymru Food Group

The Food Group is a thematic group of the RCE Cymru, of which CAT is also a member, along with Organic Centre Wales, Swansea University, and Glyndwr University. The Food Group have published a discussion paper and held a ‘Food Chains Microcosm’ event at Coleg Powys Newtown.



CCW Dyfi NNR Education

In partnership with Coetiroedd Dyfi Woodlands, CAT has provided a support education service for CCW at their Dyfi National Nature Reserve, by providing training for their wardens and guidance for their visiting school groups.



We have found the Eco-footprint a very valuable educational tool and we have developed a number of activities that build on it.

We initiated the Dyfi Footprint project which we are running with Ecodyfi, developing and piloting educational resources and working with schools and the rest of the community to assess and explore our Eco-Footprint and create a lower footprint community.


Footprint Futures

This project has led to a whole website full of activities and resources for working with KS2 and KS3.



Dyfi Valley Pathways

We are currently (2011) developing activities to engage young people in the Dyfi valley in exploring sustainable future paths for themselves in local employment.



As part of a European project run in Wales by the West Wales Eco Centre, we are working with teachers at Ysgol Penweddig and Coleg Llandrillo to develop activities/resources for teaching about renewable energy and Climate Change.


Woodcraft Folk and De Montfort University

CChange and Face Your Elephant

Since 2001 we have been part of a number of projects with Woodcraft Folk and De Montfort University. These have included as their focus energy efficiency, the Millenium Development goals and Climate Change, and have had increasing elements of peer education. The Defra funded CChange project which was led by a steering group of young people was an exciting and highly successful project which won the National Energy Efficiency Award in 2008.

Some of the activities of the CChange project have been continued in Face Your Elephant, where young people delivered peer education (and often educated people much older than themselves) at a series of festivals (funded by the EPSRC). Researchers from De Montfort and CAT trained and supported the young people.

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report provided a good starting point for discussions at the Festivals.

BSF project with De Montfort University

This project supports work on sustainable buildings with teachers and pupils engaged in the Building Schools for the Future project. It is funded by the EPSRC.


Fiery Spirits and the Carnegie Foundation

2009-2010 we worked with a number of partners funded by Carnegie to develop activities and share ideas and experiences.


Design and Technology

Over the last few years we had funding to deliver sustainability through D&T, first in collaboration with Practical Action in the Sustainable Design Award and more recently through Designing for People.



A project educating on Climate Change in collaboration with organisations in Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark and Austria.


A New Future for Wales

A WAG funded project where we ran Eco-footprint workshops for schools and youth groups, leading up to a very successful young people's conference in Aberystwyth. The participants chose 3 of their number to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The young people themselves voiced the need for a forum for young people specifically on sustainable development, and this led to the setting up of the Welsh Youth forum on sustainable Development.

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