Objective: To demonstrate to principals how they can effectively organise school gardening so that it is everybody’s responsibility but nobody’s burden.
Content: During the workshop principals will be shown what every class can do to ensure cumulative learning occurs in the school garden.
Paddy Madden worked as a primary teacher for three decades before becoming a lecturer in SESE education in the Marino Institute of Education where he worked for 16 years. He constructed the first school wildlife garden in Ireland in 1984 on which his thrice printed book Go Wild at School is based.
In 2010 he co-founded SEED, (www.schoolearthed.ie), an organisation which seeks to promote school gardening on the island of Ireland. To date, SEED has organised 6 school garden conferences and has planned and constructed 7 school gardens at Bloom.
He recently graduated as a Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) from Trinity College. His thesis is entitled: Exploring the State and Status of Nature Awareness, Appreciation and Education in the Irish Primary School System. It can be accessed on www.rian. Type Patrick Madden into the search box.
He owes his interest in nature to his parents and a primary school teacher in Lakyle N.S, Whitegate, Co. Clare.