École des Quatre-Vents is nominated for the “Demain le Québec” award, created by the David Suzuki Foundation.
A wind of pride is blowing happily in Chicoutimi-Nord, especially among the children. The nature project initiated by École des Quatre-Vents, known for its primary and preschool education, has caught the attention of the David Suzuki Foundation, initiator of the “Demain le Québec” award.
In the running for the 7th “Demain le Québec” prize, the school is neck and neck with some fifteen candidates.
Led by an enthusiastic team, its project took root three years ago. It concerns the development of a wooded area with a clear desire to make people aware of the values of nature and to make a lasting commitment to a beneficial transition for the environment.
As Lisane Gamache, trained in biology and very involved in this green adventure, explains, the project’s audience is not limited to young children. The real ambition is also to raise awareness in the surrounding community.
In this regard, it should be noted that the native and non-native cultures are closely linked within the school. This explains why Lisane wishes to integrate symbolic elements into the project to honor both cultures. Among other ideas, she plans to identify the various plants in the woodland with labels in Innu, Atikamekw and French, without forgetting the language of Cicero, as science requires.
While waiting for the votes to close – the prize comes with a $2500 allowance for the winner – the children know that they may have the chance to participate in a virtual exchange with David Suzuki.