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Second partner meeting in Serbia

On Friday, September 16, International School hosted experts, teachers and representatives of different partner organisations with the aim of making another step towards the establishment of effective and comprehensive climate change education.

This meeting was held in Belgrade, as part of the Teaching the Future project, which aims to implement education about climate change and the environment in teaching and learning programmes in all partner countries participating in this project – Belgium, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Greece and Cyprus. project-meeting belgrade

During the meeting, the results of the research conducted were presented and clear recommendations for the implementation of climate change education were established, taking into account the development of students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the development of teachers’ competencies. In addition, current initiatives to reduce the consequences of climate change and protect the environment were also presented.

At the end of September 2022, a comprehensive report on current climate change education practices was published. Download the report

The Report: Teaching the future – climate, citizenship and digital teaching – curriculum and pedagogical guidelines included an extensive literature review of different methodologies in climate change education as well as research findings conducted by project partners in their own countries. Through this research and focus group discussions, the report offers comprehensive recommendations and pedagogical guidelines for educators, organisations and governments from around the world. data dashboard image

We are convinced that only through quality education, which is focused on the scientific study of today’s world, for the sake of a better future, can we nurture students to become citizens of the world.

The next phase of the project will be to create, pilot and evaluate a digital data dashboard aggregating climate information, data and resources which will be easily accessible for schools and teachers.

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One step closer to comprehensive climate change education

On Friday, September 16, the International School hosted experts, teachers and representatives of renowned organisations with the aim of approaching another step towards the establishment of effective and comprehensive climate change education.belgrade meeting

The meeting was held in Belgrade, as part of the project Teaching the Future, which aims to implement education about climate change and the environment in traditional teaching and learning programs in all partner countries participating in this project – Belgium, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Greece and Cyprus.

During the meeting, we presented the results of the conducted research and established clear steps for further implementation of climate change education, taking into account the development of students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the development of teachers’ competencies. In addition to the aforementioned advancements to the project tasks, current initiatives to reduce the consequences of climate change and to protect the environment were also presented.

The partners are convinced that only through quality education, which is focused on the scientific study of today’s world, for the sake of a better future, can we nurture students to become the citizens of the world.

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Green Flag for one of our school partners!

One of the Teaching the Future project partners, Doukas School, and more specifically its primary school, received once more, this year the Green Flag from the Hellenic Society for the Protection of NatureDoukas school image

 

The objective of this Programme is to change the behaviour of everyone within the school community so that the school will become a real “Eco School”.

This is achieved through the formulation and implementation of:

an “Eco-code” (a set of environmental behaviour standards), and the implementation of
an Environmental Action Plan (which involves all the surrounding area of the school and its conversion into a clean, attractive, and friendly space).

In every school, students and teachers establish an Environmental Committee, which addresses issues of energy, waste, and water. (later on, they can deal with other subjects such as transport, healthy living, biodiversity, consumerism, etc.).

At the same time, the Committee oversees the implementation of the “Action Plan” and the “Ecocode” with the participation of the whole school community. Finally, in order to achieve links with the local community and ensure the raising of public awareness, the school organises activities and events in cooperation with the local government and authorities.

Educational material is provided for all subjects dealt with by the Network.doukas pupils-3

Doukas Primary School was evaluated positively for the set of actions and the Eco-code that was implemented. Among others, it was awarded for the Actions “I learn about forests” (2nd grade) and “Recycle-Reuse” (3rd and 4th grade).

Doukas School contributes to all aspects of the Teaching the Future project and will develop internal and external evaluation of the results of the project:

– a report on Teaching the Future
– a digital data dashboard for accessing climate data / information
– a teacher training course

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TTF presented at EUROGEO 2022

Teaching the Future was presented at EUROGEO 2022, a conference held on Lesvos island, Island, Greece on 5-6 May 2022.

The event attracted more than 120 educators and researchers from over 35 countries. Over 90 presentations, 5 workshops and 6 posters were presented.

EUROGEO conference Lesvos 2022 took the theme “RE-VISIONING GEOGRAPHY FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE POST-COVID ERA”. The following were the Conference Strands:
– How do geographers, universities, companies and education respond to Sustainable Development Goals and complex challenges in the context of the COVID pandemic?
– What is the role of Geography in the landscape of spatial technologies and open data and how can these assist in achieving SDGs?
– How new eco-social challenges are positioned in the face of a post-pandemic Global Change?
– How can we explore novel educational contexts and resources to transform towards sustainability of socio-ecological systems?
– What conceptual frameworks and strategies can contribute to the construction of societies based on human welfare and the care of nature?
– What are the interactions between Sustainable Development Goals, international migrations and refugees?

See the Full conference programme

The Teaching the Future presentation can be viewed here or downloaded from Slideshare.

Teaching The Future Project Launches

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Teaching The Future Project!

It is based on the needs for climate education identified by the “Teach the Future” campaign. Students from around the world have been protesting at national government’s lack of action on the climate crisis. The campaign asks schools teach young people about the urgency, severity and scientific basis of the climate crisis and its links to health. climate strike image

Teaching the Future will provide opportunities for young people to become informed and empowered to address the urgency of their future in the context of climate change. The resources will help youngsters understand the background and science of climate change. It will establish access to tools and resources that allow a scientific, data-based, school education response to climate change education, one that is set in the context of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Teaching The Future suggests there is great potential for schools, colleges and other secondary education institutions to use innovative digital technologies to integrate climate and associated environmental issues into their curricula.

Teaching The Future encourages education access to open scientific data on climate. Open data is an initiative championed by the European Commission, where information is available to use for instance through European sources like the European Environment Agency Climate Data Centre (link: https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/climate/dc), the European Space Agency Climate Initiative (http://cci.esa.int/data) and the EU Open Data Portal (https://data.europa.eu/euodp/en/home). These resources can be enhanced with global data sets from for instance NASA (https://www.data.gov/climate/) and Open Climate Data (https://openclimatedata.net/).

You can find out more about the project here.