More than 500 teaching staff improved their qualifications through 28 three-day training courses under the program of the educational project «Green Schools» in Brest, Vitebsk, Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev, Gomel regions and the city of Minsk (4 training courses in each region and the city of Minsk ) from November 2019 to February 2020.
The participants were able to exchange experiences, update and deepen knowledge in the areas of the project (biodiversity, energy conservation, water conservation, waste management, environmental and environmental events for working with the local community, air quality), and get acquainted with the possibilities of using the Aarhus Convention in their work. To cover certain topics, specialized experts in various environmental areas were invited.
Teachers received an incentive to continue active work on the implementation of the Green School educational project and will now be able to share the information received with colleagues and students of educational institutions throughout Belarus. This will help expand the network of institutions in Belarus that are implementing the project, and also accelerate the acquisition of Green School status by educational institutions.
Green Schools is an environmental movement that is developing in the world and in Belarus. In order to bring the «environmental» consciousness of people to a new level, you need to start with the young generation, experts are sure. The proof that they are right is the fact that the movement is more and more popular, and today children are becoming environmental information guides and opinion leaders. In Belarus, students of “green schools” involve friends and parents in their circle of interests, pass on to them knowledge acquired in the school about separate waste collection, saving water and energy, etc.
The development and implementation of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of the European Union, UNDP, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education. The peculiarity of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus is that it includes six (five for preschool institutions) clearly defined areas with a set of tasks developed taking into account environmental problems and issues that are being addressed in our country. Only by completing these tasks can an educational institution receive a green diploma.
The trainings were held as part of the project “Involving the public in environmental monitoring and improving environmental management at the local level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.