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Enrol for the ECS 21:21 Celebration Walk

Calling all principals and teachers:

The Early Childhood Studies Department at Stranmillis University College is celebrating the 21st Anniversary of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree.  In association with this the ECS department would like to invite you, your school and your schoolchildren to participate in a 21:21 walk/run on Thursday 17th May 2018. 

On this day we would like to invite at least 21 schools and 21 nursery schools across Northern Ireland to have a minimum of 21 children from the Early Years and Foundation Stage classes (and the rest of the school if you wish) to walk one mile in their own playgrounds.  This would tie in with World Outdoor Classroom Day which is on May 17th and link in also with the Daily Mile initiative in which all schools are being encouraged to participate. There is no set up, tidy up, or equipment required, and no training of staff is necessary; children walk / run in their trainers - it’s social, non-competitive and fun and the children return to class ready to learn. Such an activity improves fitness and healthy weight, whilst encouraging children to be aware of their health.  It is fully inclusive as every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability can succeed at The Daily Mile.

It would take approximately 15 minutes for the children to walk / run 1 mile and this exercise in a natural ‘outdoor classroom’ environment can rapidly improve self-esteem, relieve stress and anxiety, and can create happiness along with their friends. For teachers who already regularly take their children outside, the day will be a celebration of what they are already doing and a chance to inspire other schools to get involved.  For everyone the 21:21 walk / run / mile will act as a catalyst for more time spent outdoors every day and may even lead your school to sign up to the Daily Mile (  and ).

Capturing your 21:21 mile for Stranmillis with photographs and a small video clip will be a great way to celebrate your participation and the impact that getting outdoors has on the children. Your photographs, with the name of your school in the background of one of them, along with any video clips sent, may be featured on the Stranmillis web site and social media pages.  Stranmillis will also provide a certificate for every child who takes part in the 21:21 walk.  Please make sure that your photography and social media policy covers the children appearing in the photographs and the videos. 

For those wishing to take part in Stranmillis University’s 21:21 Celebration Walk, please register your commitment at  by Monday 14th May and a confirmation email will be sent to you. You will then be registered with Stranmillis to take part and hopefully some of our staff will make it to some of your schools on that day to walk with you and the children. 

Thank you in advance of your participation.

The ECS team at Stranmillis University College.


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