Green schools

“Climate box” – new interactive learning toolkit on climate change for schoolchildren

In mid-July 2020 general secondary education institutions, supporting environmental education in Belarus, will have colorful educational and game materials on climate change and respect for the outside world.

A set of training materials “Climate box” is addressed to students of I-XI classes and teachers of general secondary education. The issues mentioned are related to the consequences of climate change for nature and man, the use of alternative types of energy, the economical consumption of resources in everyday life and school. The proposed topics and assignments guide students in putting their knowledge into practice.

Using the “Climate Box” toolkit in the educational process is one of the ways to familiarize students with environmental culture in a fun way, form a careful attitude to the environment, and develop energy and resource saving skills. The facts, questions, tasks contained in the materials can be used during themed weeks, environmental games, contests and tournaments.

The “Climate Box” toolkit was compiled in Belarusian and Russian and includes the following educational and game materials:

  • an illustrated textbook for students with educational materials and a variety of questions and tasks for individuals and groups, as well as guidelines for teachers on use of the toolkit in lessons for students in different age groups;
  • the Climate Quiz – a set of game cards;
  • a wall map illustrating the possible effects of climate change on nature and mankind in various parts of the world by the end of the 21st century;
  • a poster with tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint;
  • puzzles depicting certain types of plants in need of protection and listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus, as well as a description of these plants.

The Climate Box set of materials was reviewed by the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the National Institute of Education and was approved for use in practice by educational institutions involved in the implementation of “Green Schools” project, as well as in organizing environmental education for schoolchildren in institutions general secondary education and institutions of additional education for children and youth.

The Green Schools educational project is implemented with the support of the project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.