Born in 2010, the objective of Forest&Life is to reconnect children with nature, particularly with the forest. The idea is to allow children to act directly to restore forests.
First, the classroom, then the forest, participants are sensitized to environmental issues like climate change and work in a forest near their homes. Besides, with this action, children are supporting the trees plantation in other countries.
In partnership with the French Ministry of Education, the National Office of Forest, and the Mayor of Paris, Forest&Life protects the forest by giving children the opportunity to act on their own scale.
Hands in the ground to plant trees, children can discover the treasures of forests and become aware of their potential as eco-citizens. While been solidary with young people from countries of the south, who are also actors of development.
The digital platform developed by CANOPÉ provides teachers with videos, documents, infographics, references, and a set of other educational resources to discover the forest around five themes:
Accompanied by forestry experts, children participate in the reforestation of a forest near their homes. After planting, they receive a young planter’s certificate.
Children exchange with students from a partner school in Togo, Gabon, Senegal, Peru, or Colombia throughout the academic year.
Forest&Life addresses mainly children and teachers of primary schools (CP to CM).
Secondary school students will also have the means to engage in ecological transformation concretely. A version for middle and high schools will be developed very soon, relying on eco-delegates and the School Life Councils.
Since the beginning, Forest&Life has grown significantly. Evolving under different names (“Ecoles et Forêts Solidaires”, “Graines de Géants”, and “Forêts des enfants”), it has brought more than 25.000 children to the forest to plant more than 100.000 trees, in partnership with their peers from the south.