Connecting Nature and Education | Bandile Phiri | TEDxCalgary


Our education system got us to our current state of evolution, but Bandile Phiri doesn’t believe it is right for the needs of future students. She calls for more hands-on, creative education models that connect students with nature, inspiring advances in the way humans evolve.

Student Change Agent

Bandile Phiri is a 16-year-old student from Calgary, Alberta. She has participated in speaking and debate tournaments for over five years, competing successfully at the regional and national level. After developing an interest in environmental studies and a rooted passion for the climate change subject, Bandile has spoken at conferences throughout the city. With a deep passion and desire to effectively make a difference, Bandile has worked to spread awareness on social media and at speaking events, encouraging others to take action. She now plans to share her idea about how today’s education system needs to be remodeled to work as humanity’s defense against the dangerous consequences of climate change. As a current student of the secondary education system, Bandile offers a unique perspective on today’s world from the eyes of a millennial.

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