Education corridors

This morning an email about Vertical University came up. The ultimate goal “is to engage multiple stakeholders to create a botanical conservation and education corridor spanning from Koshi Tappu, one of South Asia’s largest aquatic bird sanctuaries, adjacent to the Indian border to Mt. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd tallest peak in the world.” I am intrigued by the concept of an education corridor. The idea seems to mirror ecosystem level conservation of corridors for flora and fauna to thrive. The Vertical University model adds place-based education to the mix to form the education corridor where local knowledge is collected and integrated. At this point, the concept seems to live within the informal system of after-school, adult-ed, etc. and not connected to local schools. But what if learner ecosystems could sit within learning corridors? Each learner would build their resources to connect and impact local sustainability and tackle relevant challenges. These ecosystems would link together and overlap within the learning corridor. All resources within an ecosystem would be linked to both the resource and competencies. In the case of this Nepal effort, would this learning corridor concept transform the struggling current rural education models in the country? How can rural education in developing countries link to education transformation in the United States?

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