Where is Kavikonj?
The Kavikonj Nature School grew out of Mr. Worm’s Journeys, which officially began in 2013. In a series of weekend trips, children aged 3-12 were taken to suitable outdoor settings where they had the opportunity to engage in free play in a safe setting. The program’s activities were informed by the latest research in psychology and the idea of forest and nature schools as practiced across Europe. As the program gained popularity, the founders approached the Agricultural Technology Incubator Center to establish a Nature School as a knowledge-based idea. Kavikonj was the fruit of a year-long effort in this direction.
The establishment of Kavikonj as a permanent center allowed the founders to expand scope and offer a daily curriculum of activities, in collaboration with provincial and national representatives of the Department of the Environment, the Department of Education, and Mashad’s Municipality. The group also dedicated itself to iterating on the initial Nature School prototype, building capacity, popularizing the idea, and catering structures and activities to local needs.
The group’s efforts have led to several presentations and publications and received coverage from local and national media outlets. In 2014, Kavikonj was introduced by the Department of Education as a model of educational achievement in the Education For All international conference in South Korea.