Green Blue Innovations and Initiatives: Where Play and Learning are Natural

Green Blue Outdoor Innovations and Initiatives: Where play and learning are natural


Louise Zimanyi is Professor in Early Childhood Education, School of Health Sciences, Humber College. She has extensive global experience in early childhood programming, policy, research, advocacy as well as teaching in the areas of play, program design, leadership and advocacy. Her current work, research and advocacy focuses on privileging relationality and reciprocity as central components of transformative and contemplative early childhood pedagogy and practice. Louise is currently conducting research on how collective engagement, inquiry and storytelling alongside educators, children, Indigenous peoples and the more-than-human world in a forest nature program may contribute to (re)storying and reshaping place-based early childhood pedagogies. We’re also very proud that Louise is one of PlayFutures Advisory Board members!

Dr. Devon Hamilton is a consultant for formal and informal learning who has spent over 20 years creating experiences and environments for learning – from classrooms to museum exhibitions to outdoor spaces. Much of his work concentrates on the power that play has as a means to explore our world, and help develop skills and understanding for learners of all ages. He came to Play Futures - Exploration 6 with the goal of contributing to the growth and capacity development for educators through highlighting the importance and learning potential that natural spaces provide.

Mrs Monica Neal completed an Associate’s Degree in Primary Education from the University of Belize, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree also in Primary Education. Mrs. Neal is a teacher at the University of Belize Early Childhood Stimulation Center.

Dr. Priscilla Brown Lopez completed a Doctorate in Education from Durham University in the United Kingdom, A Master’s in Curriculum Planning and Instruction from the University of North Florida, U.S.A., and a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Kings College, London. Dr. Lopez joined the University of Belize in 2000. She was the former Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts from 2012-2014 and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instructional Methodology. Dr. Brown Lopez is an avid researcher and the co- author and writer of the Social Studies Series, Living Together



James MacDiarmid, Learning designer, consultant and founder, is the creative force behind EcoCentric Design consultancies, as well as BarefootTV, a web and mobile based platform connecting students with unique learning experiences. Passionate and experienced in learning design and an avid naturist, James has parlayed his expertise across fields into creating evidence based learning space designs that, not just include, but rely on nature to support environments that deliver improved educational outcomes as well as positive psychological benefits for children.

Paula Ann Mohamed Benjamin, Retired - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Manager, interested in sharing 40+ years of development experience to facilitate, design and implement innovative development initiatives that sustain and support Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) communities, children and citizens.