Covid-19 Forest school conversion for Nursery/Reception in Kawagoe, Japan.

Update posted by Dale Berry On Mar 17, 2020

------2020 Update-----

This campaign was always a shot in the dark, but in light of recent events, we would like to be able to teach our children in the fresh air of the forest land we have near our school. As you may know, Corona-virus only thrives in enclosed areas where air circulation is low and is transmitted via droplets in the breath that can hang in the air for up to 3 hours in an enclosed space. To counter this, we would like to move our school outdoors, where the greatest disinfectant we have (the sun and fresh air) can limit the risk to our children and their families.

To do this and still comply with local laws and regulations, we will need to construct a small building for the children to escape the weather, take refuge when sick and otherwise rest. We will also obviously need to build a toilet (Hopefully an Eco-friendly composting type) and a place to properly wash hands and possible wounds. This is also an opportunity to create a completely "Green School" with a low carbon footprint and self-sufficiency in mind.

Since our last post, we have managed to rebuild the fence around the property and just need to obtain a prefab building for indoor activities and toilet facilities. We have been in contact with local suppliers to obtain a used structure to fit our needs for around ¥500,000 yen. This is way beyond what we can afford, so we are reaching out to the families and friends of Berry English for help.

With these new facilities and good weather, we can start the 2020 school year in nature, doing all the things we usually do in school, just in the great outdoors and without the worries that come with the current strain of Corona-virus.

We humbly ask for your assistance and are currently in the process of trying to find financial help from the government or banks as an alternative.

I have always believed that children should experience nature, the bugs, bumpy ground and peace that comes with it from an early age. I would be so happy to be able to do this even at the best of times, let alone with the added benefit of allowing our children and their families relief from the anxiety of the current crisis.

Dale Berry

Head of school

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