RP Founder Mike King, was delighted to be invited to attend and deliver a workshop at the European Outdoor Education (EOE) Conference 2018 which was hosted in Bohinj, Slovenia.
National identity is important to us all, which is evident when you attend a European wide conference. The Slovenians display this by starting a lot of conversations using statements based on numbers. For instance, “59% of the country is covered by forest; there are over 500 bears in the country; there are 2 million people living in the country […] this makes an interesting comparison when we have Finland with 5 million in their population, Iceland with 350,000 and then the UK has (roughly) over 60 million”. Despite varying population types there are commonalities between the countries represented at this conference in terms of the struggle to provide truly inclusive education.
These points are not ‘rocket science’ but they are underpinned by sacrifice, maintaining high standards of delivery, honesty within a team, organisational community, cohesion and fun. You have to see the fun and mischievousness of children to truly appreciate what they can achieve and understand that from low starting points it is possible to track progress through innovative delivery in the outdoors.