Claire Escriva

Ashoka Fellow
Marseille, France, Europe
Fellow Since 2011

ACCÉLÉRER L’INTÉGRATION D’UNE ÉCOLOGIE PRATIQUE DANS LE MONDE DE LA PETITE ENFANCE 

 

 

IDÉE

Dans cette période sensible qu’est la petite enfance, Claire crée un environnement propice à la prise en compte des valeurs du développement durable : « Ecolo crèche ». L’Association forme les professionnels aux pratiques respectueuses de l’environnement et de la santé, et sensibilise les enfants à leur écosystème grâce à une pédagogie innovante. Grâce au label « Ecolo crèche », Claire favorise la reconnaissance des crèches engagées qui en font un lieu de vie exemplaire. « Ecolo crèche » encourage les institutions à soutenir les démarches engagées au cœur de la petite enfance ainsi que l’émergence de solutions écoresponsables.

 

IMPACT

200 crèches engagées dans la démarche en France et 30 000 enfants concernés en 10 ans. Economies d’énergie de 50%, 26% de réduction de déchets alimentaires, jusqu’à 56% d’eau économisée et disparition de polluants des produits d’entretien. Amélioration de la qualité de vie dans les crèches : moins d’absentéisme des professionnels (60%), baisse de maladies respiratoires, plus de créativité des enfants. Le 22 Mars 2016, “ Ecolo crèche “ a signé une convention de partenariat avec le Ministère des Familles, de l’enfance et des droits des femmes et la CNAF facilitant l’accès à sa démarche à toutes les crèches du territoire.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Ecotoxicologue, Claire met ses connaissances de l’impact des polluants sur les écosystèmes au service du public. Jeune maman, elle s’investit sur les questions d’éducation et de pédagogie et crée à Marseille, en 1998, une association pour mettre les sens des enfants en crèche au contact de la nature.

 

PLUS DE VIDÉOS

Country: 
France

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Claire Escriva was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Claire is creating a new generation of changemakers who will be naturally-engaged in the protection of the environment, and who will understand that environmental protection is not a complex, difficult activity, but rather one for which all citizens are responsible in their daily lives. Claire has created educational programs to connect young children (as young as one) to nature, through games and experiences that engage their senses and curiosity. Her programs cover a broad range of topics, from the discovery of natural environments to organic cooking, gardening or waste recycling. Based on the children’s interests, Claire designs her curriculums with environmental psychologists in order to arouse curiosity and sensitivity to nature and to generate learning. Using her simple, fun, collaborative and personal approach with young children, she has also broadened her scope and created age-appropriate programs for older children, including those in high school.

Going beyond providing educational content through these programs, Claire also seeks to enlist professionals (working with the children) to model behavior that will demonstrate that we all have a role in protecting the environment. Claire has created an Ecolo-Crèche certification for early childhood education centers and kindergartens that have committed to conserve energy, use organic products, recycle materials, consume fewer plastics, and take other steps on a daily basis to protect the environment. Each professional—whether he/she is an educator, or a cleaning and catering employee—commits to play a particular role in integrating ecology in his/her daily work activities. Claire is thus not only targeting children in the classroom, but also creating a sustainable daily environment around the children in which waste recycling, switching off the lights, eating local and green food, or cleaning with natural detergents, are common practices. Marked by an eco-label, these childcare centers and kindergartens demonstrate a clear, simple and direct way for an institution to play a role in protecting and preserving the environment.

To spread her model, Claire is engaging, as partners, local environmental organizations, education organizations, and governments, including the City of Paris, to train early childhood education centers across the country to adopt the environmental education programs and the standards required to be considered certified as an Ecolo-Crèche. Her goal is to have a national network of partners who will be able to train others and respond to the enormous demand she is getting from early childhood educators around the country.
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