Tassello dopo tassello, passo dopo passo, continua il cammino del Climate Action Project che – grazie al First Virtual Exchange con le Climate Action Partner Schools – ha visto lo scambio di idee, iniziative e opinioni tra studenti di diversi paesi del mondo.

In particolare, grazie al coordinamento di Amy Alison Bivin, Climate Action Leader nella nostra scuola e Ambassador per l’Italia, gli studenti delle classi della Scuola Primaria III ABC e V ABC hanno potuto dialogare, collegati via streaming, con coetanei di altri continenti, confrontandosi su tematiche di grande impatto e attualità.

Nell’ambito di questa iniziativa, in costante aggiornamento, l’Istituto Marymount, che ha ricevuto il prestigioso riconoscimento di Climate Action School, è stato gemellato con la Delphi Public School Nagpur in India, la Modern School Lanus in Argentina e la Cloud British Private School – UAE.
Gli studenti del nostro Istituto, prendendo spunto da un’iniziativa LEGO riguardante le tematiche ambientali (Build the Change), hanno dato vita ad un loro progetto incentrato su come eliminare le plastiche dal mare e dagli oceani. Di seguito il contributo dell’insegnante Bivin che illustra cosa vuol dire, oggi, essere parte del network delle Climate Action Schools.

Marymount Climate Action School: cosa significa?

Well for starters, being a Climate Action School is an opportunity to join a global network of like-minded schools from around the world. Istituto Marymount is one of the selected founders of the program. Our students are at the heart of our work for climate education. We are working to sensitize them and raise awareness about global climate conditions and help them understand how they can make positive changes for a better and more sustainable future through innovative, hands-on, global education.
Istituto Marymount has committed to increasing our climate education curriculum to cover the entire school from preschool to high school. Through this program students are given the opportunities for creativity, inquiry, research, storytelling, collaboration and are given a voice. First, through inquiry and research they learn about climate change (causes and effects) and use their creativity to collaborate with partner schools around the world and share their ideas.

Cosa è emerso da questo confronto internazionale?

Our students were enthusiastic and proud to share their creations with schools from Asia, South America and the Middle East. The students participated in the LEGO Program “Build the Change” and through play they engaged with environmental and social sustainability topics and created ideas to solve real-world problems via 3 different People and Planet Challenges. They acquired the knowledge and skills to design and communicate and even confidence to voice their opinions.
Introductory Session 1: A Future Without Waste (Learning about Reusing, Recycling and Repairing to move toward a Circular Economy not Linear);
Project 2: Stories of Change (Eliminating Waste and Pollution: Keeping Products and Resources in Use to Regenerate Nature);
Project 3: The Big Challenge (Using creative materials, design a solution which removes waste from the ocean or a solution which prevents waste from entering the ocean).The students used LEGOs to build a ship that carries a machine to suck up the trash and pollution from the ocean. They used recycled materials to build the machine. They also wrote a poem about protecting the ocean animals and their habitats.
I feel very happy because we do so many fun projects. We learned about the danger of using plastic as it often ends up in the ocean. It was so much fun to talk to schools around the world about these very important things. Now I know we can solve the problem” (Giulio 3B)“I learned the importance of recycling to help stop pollution in the world. Seeing other children from different countries and the work they do just like us was beautiful” (Antonio 3B).