Educational Tools

Reforming education in Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo*

  • The REC was instrumental in the successful development of inter-subject areas for primary and secondary curricula in Montenegro. The National Educational Council of Montenegro officially approved inter-subject curriculum areas on sustainable development in primary and general secondary education. It is now mandatory for teachers to implement these curriculum areas in schools across the country.
  • New curriculum frameworks are being developed in Serbia and Kosovo*, which will first be piloted before being implemented nationwide. In Serbia, the Institute for the Advancement of Education, REC experts and teachers were directly engaged in developing new learning outcomes. These outcomes were piloted in the context of a sustainable development module in 41 practice schools and 122 pilot schools, involving more than 10,000 teachers.
  • As part of their training, teachers analysed various sustainable development outcomes proposed by the REC and the expert team in order to determine which subject outcomes should be included in the school curricula. Teachers were also asked to identify and define any additional ESD-related outcomes not already included in the set of subject outcomes developed by the REC and the Institute for the Advancement of Education.
  • The work carried out by the REC and the Ministry of Education in Serbia has brought about other notable changes: sustainable development principles will be officially incorporated into indicators for assessing teachers' professional development; and the concept of environmental responsibility will be integrated into official school curricula.

Green Steps

  • The new multimedia toolkit Green Steps was launched in Belarus, aimed at improving citizens’ understanding of sustainable lifestyles, environmental rights, and the changes that people can make in their everyday lives in order to contribute to sustainable development. The toolkit is targeted primarily at environmental activists, but will also be a valuable resource for educators, students and families. Green Steps was produced in Belarusian, English and Russian and was one component of the project Supporting Environmental Civil Society Organisations (SECTOR) in Belarus and Moldova, implemented by the REC's Participatory Governance Topic Area. Green Steps was developed by the REC’s Educational Tools Topic Area with funding from the Government of Sweden. 

Sharing experience today for tomorrow

  • With support from the Italian Trust Fund, the REC organised a side event in the framework of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development on November 10, 2014, in Nagoya, Japan.
  • During the conference, the Green Pack was selected as one of 25 good ESD practices. An exhibition stand and posters promoted the REC’s various ESD solutions and tools, including the Sustainable Development Academy; Green Pack; Educational reforms through ESD; the Europe–China Clean Energy Centre; and the Tom Garvey Young Environmental Leaders Programme.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Educational Tools
Publications

Green Steps
November 2014 | Online

Green Pack Junior Kosovo*
November 2014 | Print

Tools for a sustainable future
October 2014 | Print

Green Steps factsheets
August 2014 | Print

Green Pack Junior Online
March 2014 | Online

Educational Tools
March 2014 | Online

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