Erasmus Plus KA201 School Education Strategic   Partnerships Project

2020-1-UK01-KA201-079274

Project Name: Climate Change Curriculum for Climate Action

Duration 24 Months

Coordinator: Leeds DEC, UK

Project Partners:

Our Lady Queen of the Apostles primary school -Ireland  

SERGED-Serik Youth Education Culture Environment and Sports Association-Turkey

Private Akdeniz Yükseliş Primary School -Turkey

Aplerbecker Grundscule Primary School, Germany

Moor Allerton Hall primary school, England

summary

The Climate Curriculum project addresses the urgent need to provide school curriculum that takes the climate crisis seriously. In many ways, children and young people are ahead of many adults in this call through, among other things, the Fridays for the Future movement. Although climate education is addressed in most schools, there is no systematic approach to enable schools to teach critical key concepts throughout the school.

This project develops teachers' capacity to provide future-oriented curriculum that addresses students' needs, provides them with key sustainability competencies and prepares them to be active 'agents of environmental change'.

In the project, 4 primary schools in Turkey, Germany, UK and Ireland will test innovative whole-school and cross-curricular approaches in collaboration with an NGO in the UK and an NGO in Turkey. New methodology for learning about Climate Challenges. The development of an inter-school Climate Curriculum with age-appropriate specific Learning Outcomes will enable young people to acquire competencies and mindsets (through consistent progression from year to year) where key ideas can be presented at an appropriate age and are easier to understand. It is reinforced and deepened by further study in each subsequent year of primary school education.

To address this, our main objectives are to develop a 'Climate Curriculum' methodology that is tailored to each national context - adapted and unique to each school; identifying and developing classroom resources to support this; train teachers in 4 primary schools to present the Climate Curriculum; Create a guide, toolkit, website to distribute to school networks in 4 countries.

Partners in this proposal are 4 primary schools working in different contexts, all with a commitment and passion to provide forward-looking environmental education towards the UN Climate Goals. They are supported by 2 Education NGOs recognized for their expertise in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Learning.

This project will facilitate their cooperation and demonstrate the adaptability of the Climate Curriculum to different national contexts and curricula across Europe.

Year 1 of the project includes teacher training on Global Citizenship and Climate Change and the development of the Climate Curriculum Framework (with a set of learning objectives that provide an increasingly deeper understanding of the complex issues involved as children progress to primary school). Schools will identify available resources and also develop new materials to address each learning objective and create a Toolkit to support the teaching of the Climate Curriculum.

Year 2 of the project envisions the continuation and deepening of the Climate Curriculum and the introduction of Peer Education methodologies to facilitate students to share their passion for the planet and their future with their peers and the wider community. Project partners will also develop a Guide on 'How to implement the Climate Curriculum in your School' with case studies and further information.

The results will be the development and testing of an innovative Climate Curriculum methodology with an accompanying set of resources (including a Climate Curriculum Framework, a 'How To' Practice Guide, a resource Toolkit and a website). 4 schools will have tested this groundbreaking whole-school approach. At least 120 teachers will have received training on climate education and peer learning. At least 100 additional teachers and Head Teachers will have received graded training and be aware of the potential of the methodology. More than 1200 students will have participated in peer learning activities.
Towards the end of the project, the partners will use the Framework, Toolkit and Guidelines to disseminate the project methodology more broadly in their countries. When our children go on school strikes for climate, they challenge us. If we do not take this challenge seriously, our education system will fail our children and youth and leave them unprepared for a rapidly changing and uncertain future. The Climate Curriculum has real potential to contribute to a European education response to this problem, as it is an approach that can be quickly and easily implemented by schools to teach this critical topic and equip young people with the skills they need to overcome this “systemic threat”. human civilization”.