Learning about Forests Newsletter December 2016 
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Welcome to LEAF newsletter for December 2016!


This month we have great news from the Japan and Cyprus, updates from the Board of Directors meeting in Copenhagen as well as useful links about outdoor activities for children and a guide on how to start saving the world from your couch.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and don't forget to share it among your friends and work partners!
If you have any stories you would like us to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

All the very best,

Barry McGonigal, 

International LEAF Director

LEAF Teacher Training Courses in Japan

At the request of local authorities, other organisations and forest related companies, FEE Japan organised several teacher training courses.

During the two day course, FEE Japan introduced the concept of LEAF and some activities related to the programme.

Participants also discovered different values of the forest and had an opportunity to be a LEAF instructor. Each participant facilitated a LEAF activity, while the rest of the group took part in it.

Read more about the activities here.

LEAF Meeting with Teachers in Cyprus

A meeting focused on the Learning About Forests programme took place at  the EuroLife Office in Nicosia on 23 November 2016.

Most of the Teachers involved in the programme gathered from all over Cyprus and were welcomed by their hosts, EuroLife, and greeted by the Commissioner for the Environment and the Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The National Operator, Dr Michael Ierides, outlined the programme for the year 2016-2017 and presented the materials from the Forestry Department.

Read more here.

FEE Board of Directors’ Meeting in Copenhagen

The FEE Board of Directors’ Meeting took place on 29th November at the FEE Head Office in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Board usually meet four times a year, normally in February, April, June and October. The November meeting was an extraordinary one in order to introduce the newly elected Board members. On this occasion, the new Board members arrived a day early to be introduced to FEE Head Office, the International Directors and learn about their political responsibilities regarding the programmes. They were also presented with other tasks for the Board and were brought up to speed with work carried out by the former Board. 

Read more about Board of Directors meeting here.

Christmas and New Year's vacation

The staff of LEAF International will be on vacation during Christmas and New Year.

Please find the dates for holidays below:
  • Barry McGonigal has vacation  19 December – 2 January 
  • Karine Galstyan has vacation 22 December – 10 January
We would like to take this opportunity to send season’s greetings to all of you! Thank you very much for the cooperation in 2016, and we look forward to continuing the great work with you in 2017!

Useful links...

Activity Guide 2016

Check out this guide by the International School Grounds Alliance with 50 great ideas for outdoor activities to try in your school ground!

Read or download

Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World

A fun guide which will help each one of us make a big difference! We can start from little things, that can be done even from our couch! Change starts with us! 

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