The updated program “Green Schools” is officially approved.

In May 2020, the curriculum of the optional lesson “Green Schools” for the I-IX classes of educational institutions implementing educational programs of general secondary education was officially approved. The updated program has added a section for monitoring air quality, as well as information on the Aarhus Convention. The approved curriculum of the optional lesson “Green Schools” gives the right to all relevant educational institutions to officially implement it, which allows the formation of an environmentally competent person who demonstrates practical skills in the environmental and environmental direction
The program of the optional lesson “Green Schools” is designed for 33 hours in I-II classes, 34 hours in III-IX classes (1 hour per week) in each class and includes 6 areas:
Biodiversity – the study of the species diversity of plants and animals of the natural environment of an educational institution and how to preserve and increase it;
Energy saving – studying the structure of energy consumption in an educational institution and at home, and ways to reduce it;
Water conservation – the study of the directions of water use in educational institutions and at home, and the development of ways to save it;
Waste management – analysis of the sources of waste, identifying ways to minimize it, mastering techniques for separate waste collection;
The quality of atmospheric air – the study of the degree of pollution of atmospheric air, the definition of ways to minimize its pollution;
Information and environmental activities for working with the local community (environmental initiatives) – the implementation of environmental initiatives, participation in environmental campaigns, informing the local community about the environmental problems of a particular area.
The National Resource Center for the implementation of the Green Schools educational program is the Republican Center for Ecology and Local History (rcek.by).
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.