1. What made you create your company World’s Little Helpers and what is its main aim? I have always been passionate about nature and animals, but it's not until I started managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at a corporate company that I got inspired to create this course. The facts and statistics on sustainability clearly show that we are destroying our planet at a much faster rate than any plans and projects to combat this are being implemented. I also found through working with multiple charities, both personally and professionally, that it is very difficult to change an adult's set behaviour and outlook, even if it is related to such important topics as the survival of our planet and future generations. Based on this, it has become clear to me that environmental responsibility needs to be introduced at the early stages of education, to form the sustainable set of behaviours and attitudes from the outset, rather than attempting to change these later in an adult's life. And this is how the idea of the World's Little Helpers course originated. 2. What are the main steps & obstacles to get this into the curriculum? Like it is with any national sector, making changes or additions to an established set of frameworks is challenging and will take time. Therefore, I am planning to introduce the course to private and independent schools first, which are perhaps less restricted by the curriculum and are somewhat more flexible in their approach to new products. I am hoping that this will prove to be a successful case study, which will strengthen my proposition to public schools and eventually, to the Department for Education. 3. What major challenges have you come across since you started your journey and how did you overcome them? I have been self-funding and developing the course while working full-time, which has involved a lot of hard work and compromises for my husband and I. So far, the feedback on the course has been exceptionally positive, but I can envisage entry point difficulties when offering the course to public schools as their budget is very limited. Although to pre-empt that, I am already working on a more cost-effective digital offering for public schools. 4. Why do you think schools need your 3 books on to sustainability and environmental responsibility? Quite simply, because there is nothing like this available currently! Some environmental charities offer topical events to schools, but the organisation of those involves a lot of time and initiative from the teachers, who I am very aware don't have a lot of time on their hands. So I created a comprehensive introduction to sustainability for children that is relevant to their day-to-day life, is very easy to implement and is all conveniently combined in one course, accessible at the touch of a button.
5. Are you looking to get into partnerships with environmental groups and how important do you think this will be? Of course - there are some environmental charities that offer helpful events, which can further enhance the children's understanding of a specific topic. So I am hoping to work closer together with these charities and organisations on a mutually beneficial basis, to utilise all available resources out there. 6. Have your books been tested by children & adults already? What has been their feedback? The course is still in the testing phase but so far, both the parents and the children absolutely love it! Many parents suggested that I should make the magazines available on a retail basis, but I think that this might reduce the value of the course for the schools. 7. Will your books be available for general purchase online or in book stores? At present, I am not planning on it - instead, I am working on a series of children's books which will be more editorial and less interactive, but will carry underlying messages about sustainability throughout the stories. 8. How long have you worked in the education sector and what can you bring to it? My background is in PR and Communications, as well as Sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), but I am new to the education sector. I am hoping that I can bring fresh ideas and new outlook to the sector, which will benefit the children and our planet. 9. Where do you think World’s Little Helpers will be in 3-5 years? I am hoping to see World's Little Helpers used by the schools nationwide, but more importantly, I am hoping to see sustainability as part of the English National Curriculum, like it is already the case with the Scottish National Curriculum. 10. How do you actively pursue your own mission of being environmentally conscious in your day to day live? I am a big believer in doing the small things right on a daily basis, which is also reflected in my course. Instead of setting a rigorous routine of doing everything perfectly straight away, I am making the right choices every day. It can be anything - remembering to switch your engine off while you wait to pick someone up, carrying that sandwich packaging with you for the extra 20 minutes until you finally find a rubbish bin, getting rid of that habit of leaving the TV on when you are leaving the room. Like this, I am developing helpful habits for a sustainable lifestyle in a way that doesn't feel like a yet another chore in a busy day's schedule.
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