This profile was prepared when Grzegorz Tabasz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1997.
The New Idea
Grzegorz Tabasz is teaching high school students about science and ecology by taking them outside their classrooms and connecting what they learn from books with what they observe in nature. His approach is a pattern change in the Polish education system, where traditionally the sciences have been taught theoretically and always in a classroom setting.Grzegorz's idea provides students with the opportunity to immediately observe the implications and results of lessons they are learning in the classroom, thus building an interest in the sciences and their wider application in the world around them. Their teachers, who may have lost enthusiasm over years of traditional lessons, are also revitalized. And Grzegorz has added an extra twist to his outdoor studies: he focuses the students' attention on endangered species in their area and engages them in concrete actions aimed at their protection. This provides Polish youths with positive activities on which to spend their time and also contributes to the protection of Polish wildlife.