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Teaching Science for Sustainability: Introducing Qwisp® - Questions for a World in Sustainable Perspective

Qwisp is an approach to education that turns present approaches on their heads. It has a strong ethical backbone and philosophical spirit. It’s most significant attribute is that it merges science, creativity, sustainability and life into one integrated, intuitive learning process. It is begun in simplicity at the pre-primary level and gradually grows more complex in step with the learner’s intellectual/emotional development, moving them into the rigorous depths of science and problem-solving. It is a seamless learning journey for all aspects of life – from the emotional to the intellectual. It is born of the call for sustainability, is in step with STEM and highly compatible with learning for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Qwisp® is a curriculum framework designed to be used anywhere in the world by teachers and learners alike, starting at the preschool level and continuing as a tool for lifelong learning. Qwisp® learning starts with our essential survival needs where nature declares us equal - a fertile foundation for the strong humanitarian values embedded in its structure. It fires our innate curiosity and shows that science is an integral part of all aspects of life, integrating the left and right brain, enhancing the learner’s problem-solving capacity and giving rise to new heights of creativity. It opens up the world of learning in a natural and seemingly effortless way.

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Colette van Niftrik

Founder, Qwisp - Education for Sustainability
Fifteen years ago, Colette van Niftrik was inspired by the mechanics of Wikipedia and Google to explore a notion, sparked by Maslow’s theory of need hierarchies, as a possible route for a different approach to learning. No matter where her life took her after she left teaching... Read More →