Significance of Outdoor Learning

“Education is what remains when what was learned has been forgotten.”

With our secondary expedition week summing up, Annapurna 3 were asked to reflect on why we go away into the outdoors. It revealed how much they value these experiences, that from the six groups came six good, distinct ideas. Our students realised that being away from the classroom gives them an opportunity not only to face new challenges, but to develop those interpersonal skills that will last them a lifetime. The leadership skills that will help them help companies in the future are first developed encouraging and helping friends overcome these new challenges. The resilience that will get them through their final year at university begins with finishing their Year 9 trek and realising that they are capable of more than they ever thought.

Going into the outdoors with their friends and learning about themselves through adventurous activity offers opportunity for development not found during a one hour lesson. Students can excel at problem solving tasks and inspire their peers in a way that they might not during a science practical. They can also be independent for a while and grow as young people. The increased self-confidence and esteem gained is something that lasts long beyond the end of expedition week and results in tighter friendship bonds and better peer support networks back in school. The final reason for going that they came up with? To have fun, and sometimes that is enough of a reason in itself!