For me, there is a great deal of joy and purpose in my work with the education team at Embercombe.
Children and young people today are growing up at a difficult time. Despite the best efforts of parents, schools and dedicated teachers, many of the young people we work with feel trapped within an education system that is focused more on exams than on their learning and development; and that the only way to ‘succeed’ in life is to go to university and then find a career. Others feel they are failing because they don’t fit the school model of learning – and therefore that they will be failures in life. Land-based, experiential programmes at Embercombe offer them a different way to experience learning and living and to spend time within the physical, natural world.
The work is practical and often physically challenging; it requires problem solving, creativity, collaboration – and brings a great deal of fun. In meeting these challenges, we all find our strengths and resilience and our interdependence and go away stronger and more self-assured. We also grow a stronger sense of ourselves as an integral part of the natural world and so develop a sense of care for it.
It is a pleasure and a privilege – and a source of endless learning for me – to work at Embercombe with those who share a commitment to this important work.