The Door of Hobbit House is Opened- You are Welcome
Let’s look up to the surrounded of the green grass roof, then take a little step inside to touch the walls made of clay in unusual, soft and organic shapes. The first impression is often difficult to compare with something, and even more rarely it forms the idea that this is one of the possibilities, not only to live in the world of imagination but also act towards this outcome. The friendly and "green" sense involves you simply observing buildings drowning in the nature where architecture and environment complement each other. Such, clay, straw, or none nail is used wooden buildings is not an illusion anymore, it is - the reality.
There are a lot such buildings in Lithuania, Hungary and Turkey, where people know and share the information with others about the possibility to live “with nature”. It is an example of the harmony and the desire to learn more, it allows you to go deeper into the twenty-first century environmental issues with solutions lies in eco-building and eco-gardening ideas and their implementation.
Most modern non-formal adult educators have realized and ascertained that the usual, standard lectures are boring and ineffective. Arctic melting glaciers images or floods replicating videos may not be long-term and fundamental changes in people's awareness. Also, incentives to find new jobs, improve their skills and search for information, often is unsuccessful, as long as the man is not motivated to do it. So to substantial and long-term changes, is no longer sufficient to cause consternation and compassion. It needs help to change the way of thinking and outlook, to motivate and bring people to the possibility of changes. Experiential learning, allowing to operate - to touch, to learn together with members of the community, to try and achieve some visible results is one of the most successful ways to motivate adults to meet the lifelong learning needs of acquiring their new competencies. Only participation in activities is one of the ways to do it. Activities aimed at common goals - improve the social and civic competences, new knowledge tested in innovative way - promoting critical thinking, problem solving skills, increase creativity and new information absorbs easily in this way.
Educational aspect of creativity is particularly important with no matter on age. Increasing creativity skills could be affected by unexpected value of discoveries testing eco-building methods. For example, when you realize that wall can be built from simple clay, many would say with mud, especially those who grew up and lived in the city. Also experiences that prove that vegetables can grow in the way with not spending long time like no weeding and less watering. These are all small discoveries that have consistently described in two years long partners from Lithuania, Hungary and Turkey cooperation to prepare practical guide for adult non-formal environmental education “At home with nature. By the way guide has been translated into four languages - English, Lithuanian, Turkish and Hungarian.
This material is one of the very first tools with educational effect. There are different non-formal environmentally friendly building and gardening educational methods described in this book. “At home with nature” provides an opportunity to acquire new and improve existing competences for adults in non-formal way. Also deepen understanding of eco culture, foster social and general skills, and fulfill the lifelong learning needs.
Building and construction using natural materials is one of the ways to reduce the ecological footprint at the same time creating favourable conditions for human health. Therefore “At home with nature” aimed to revive and try to promote people to use old traditional building methods. This is also the way to know culture, past and traditions better. Natural materials are very important in educational process for formation the understanding about connection between Nature and Humanity and also the impact on each other.
Activities of ecological gardening nowadays are presented as an opportunity not only to grow your own food, but also as a way to unite with the aim to reach common community and civilian goals. The fostering of community garden teaches people responsibility, cooperation and also gives knowledge about the growing process and understanding of the quality of food. At the same time the garden becomes as part of community, which unites people of different ages and this situation forms positive conditions for self-education increasing the level of communication, searching and sharing information skills and also exchanging experience.
The main attention is paid to different non-formal environmental education methods in this book. Those methods could be used individually but also it is highly recommended to use them during the educational process in various educational institutions or NGOs. The uniqueness of methods is focused on the practical activities which do not require specific preparation from participant. The team work during the implementation of the methods is very important because the tasks are divided according to different skills level of people. There can be involved not only strong and healthy people but also disabled and low-skilled persons. Also, success of results depends on a proper person in charge. If the person is right, then the process is as a tool working together and enjoying not only the process but the result as well.
However, not only the book can help to develop competences. The project also provides short educational videos prepared by all partners and subtitled in English. Videos are available www.atnature.eu
So if you dare to open the door of Hobbit house? The answer is simple - it depends on your awareness, desire to self-education, to know yourself better and to live in harmony with nature.
Information prepared for the Erasmus + program supported the project "At home with nature." This project is funded by the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission can not be held responsible for any use of the information contained.