Last week OV hosted discussions with members and subscribers, the aim of which was to make a formal contribution to Victoria’s “The Education State” process.

We were very pleased that our submission was represented by a broad range of participants from the Outdoor education community as well as business representatives and parents.

You can download a copy of the submission and read through the results of the fruitful conversations held over two nights. Thanks so much to all who participated!

The group addressed questions such as:

  • What will the Education State look and feel like to you? How would you define it?
  • Do these strengths and challenges reflect your experience of Victoria’s education system?
  • Should we measure our performance against both local and global measures of success?
  • What would you like to be different when you visit early years services, kindergartens, schools, TAFEs and training providers – now and in the future?
  • What opportunities exist in our communities for learning outside of the formal education system, for example in our libraries, museums and community centres?
  • What is the most important thing you could do, and Government can do, to help Victoria become the Education State?

We’ll leave you with the answer to the final question which sums up where the Outdoor Community can most impact in the “Education State”

Every child in Victoria should have a meaningful opportunity to learn in nature, outside the classroom. A clear strategy to deliver this objective, including some of the elements listed above, would be transformative.