In the heart of Projeto MAARA, around 50 young girls from Casa Madre Roselli embarked on a transformative journey through our extended eco-pedagogy program. This initiative sought to impart a profound understanding of our environment, sustainable practices, and the beautiful interconnectedness of all life on Earth. The goal was not just to educate but to nurture a sense of reverence and responsibility for our planet.
The first step in this adventure was a deep dive into the world beneath our feet – soil. The girls discovered the secrets of healthy soil and learned how to prepare it for planting. Understanding soil health is vital for plant growth and the foundation of sustainable agriculture. Armed with this knowledge, the participants rolled up their sleeves and got their hands ‘dirty’ by planting and seeding. They also took an active role in nurturing vegetable beds, tending to their plants, and embracing the cycle of life that sustains us all.
The girls soon found themselves fascinated by the busy buzz of pollinators like bees and butterflies. They learned about the crucial role these insects play in our food production and the diversity of our ecosystems.
One of the project’s vital lessons was the water cycle. The young participants discovered how this essential process sustains life and the importance of responsible water usage and conservation.
The girls also embarked on a journey to uncover the origins and life cycles of materials. They discovered the potential of recycling and composting in reducing waste and how our conscious choices are crucial for a more sustainable world.
Perhaps the most profound experiences of the project were the moments when the girls connected with nature using all their senses. Nature walks, sensory experiences, and hands-on encounters allowed them to lose their fear and develop a deep connection with the environment.
In conclusion, the eco-pedagogy project with Casa Madre Roselli was a tremendous success. It wasn’t just a program; it was a journey of discovery, connection, and transformation. The girls involved not only learned about the environment but also felt it with every fiber of their being. They now carry this understanding, curiosity, and commitment to sustainability into the world, inspiring us all to cultivate a deeper connection with the Earth.