Hands-On Home-Learning is brought to you by a partnership between the Oak and Orca Bioregional School and the Victoria International Development Education Association.
Oak and Orca Bioregional School is an intentionally small, independent school in Victoria, British Columbia.
Our vision is to provide educational opportunities that empower children to create fundamental social change towards more fulfilling and ecologically sustainable communities. To this end, we have chosen a teaching approach that models bioregional philosophies and provides freedom of expression and choice to students.
The school is government certified and offers the BC curriculum with an alternative, ungraded, bioregional approach. Children learn at their own pace and through their unique interests. Their individuality is cherished while they are held responsible and accountable to the group and to other individuals. In this way, a community of independent learners is developed, and children learn naturally from one another as well as from available adults.
"The [environmental] crisis cannot be solved with the same kind of education that helped create the problems." David Orr -- from his book "Ecological Literacy".
VIDEA is a Victoria not for profit working on development issues.
VIDEA has been promoting and facilitating education on global issues for over 25 years. VIDEA has actively engaged teachers, students, youth and the general public in learning about - and becoming involved in - international issues, with a particular focus on socially just and environmentally sustainable global practice.
VIDEA provides learning opportunities through special events, seminars, workshops, tours and conferences, for schools and for the general public. We conduct research and publish quality learning resources that are used in Canada, the United States, and overseas.
As a proactive, community-based non-profit organization, we facilitate communication, cooperation and strategic networking on selected issues amongst Canadian groups working for global justice, peace and sustainable development. VIDEA works to form links between local and international issues and community initiatives.