There are 700 wilderness schools in Denmark, almost a quarter of the country’s educational offer. Like this outdoor nursery set by the sea on the Jutland peninsula, in the heart of a nature reserve. It is so famous that parents have moved so that their children can have a unique experience. Especially since studies show that these children brought up outside are three less sick than the others.
“I think it’s something that will go with them all their adult lives, says a mother to the magazine ‘We, the Europeans’ (replay). Here, nature is everywhere and they will store up comfort and tranquility before facing this hectic world where everything goes so fast … ” While these little children learn to discover themselves in particular, they also learn to read, write and count to prepare for entry into primary school.
Nature to build character, be persistent and deal with the elements
“We believe that if we give children a good foundation, they know each other better, have more confidence, are more outspoken, cheerful and curious. That’s the key. If they are curious and feel the world, they will want to learn. And later, they will be ready to welcome and assimilate learning at school “, says pedagogue Paulina Menezes, who teaches on the beach, which is both a classroom and an open-air playground.
Every day, children discover, experience and collect memories, with nature to build character, to be persistent and to do with the elements: “It’s raining so much in Denmark that the kids have to face it, move on and adapt because they can’t stop the rain or move the hill, explains the teacher. You have to climb it and get there. It makes them stronger. And then they say to themselves: ‘Wow, we did it!’ “