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Nova Scotia, Ottawa spend $7 million to fund outdoor learning spaces

Saturday, April 17th 2021, 7:24 pm - The money will be used for new or upgraded outdoor learning spaces across the province's elementary schools.

Nova Scotia and the federal government are teaming up to take at least some schooling outside.

Ottawa and the Nova Scotia government announced last week that they were creating a $7-million outdoor learning fund for the province's public elementary schools.

Schools can use the money to build or enhance outdoor projects, such as a school garden, outdoor seating area, outdoor performance spaces, and others.

"One of the lessons learned from COVID-19 is the advantage of teaching and learning outdoors," Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia's Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, said in a release from the province. "We continue to see and hear about the positive mental, physical and academic benefits that come from teaching and learning in nature. Our outdoor learning fund will ensure these benefits remain in place for Nova Scotia's students once the pandemic is over."

The province says schools who participate will need to make sure the outdoor spaces align with the curriculum and provide opportunities for physical activity, as well as other themes such as biodiversity, inclusion, African Nova Scotian history and heritage, and Indigenous reconciliation.

The funding is split $5.6 million federal, $1.4 million provincial, and projects must be completed by December 31st, 2021.

Watch the video above for more information.

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