Un progetto didattico globale e innovativo quello del Climate Action Project, che la nostra scuola – gemellata con istituti di altri paesi (in particolare: la Delphi Public School Nagpur in India, la Modern School Lanus in Argentina e la Cloud British Private School – UAE) e divenuta Climate Action School – porta avanti con numerosi appuntamenti in calendario e la cui rilevanza è stata riconosciuta anche dal World Economic Forum.
Il WEF lo ha infatti selezionato tra i migliori 16 progetti che a livello internazionale rappresentano, nell’ambito “Education 4.0”, modelli didattici all’avanguardia, in grado di tracciare nuove strade e di essere fonte d’ispirazione, proprio a partire dall’educazione per l’infanzia, per tutta la società (Lighthouses).
Di seguito riportiamo l’articolo a cura della docente Amy Alison Bivin, Climate Action Leader nella nostra scuola e Ambassador per l’Italia.
World Economic Forum Recognizes Climate Action Leadership of 3.4 million Teachers and Students from 149 Countries
Recently, the World Economic Forum designated the Climate Action Project as an Education 4.0 Lighthouse, one of 16 innovative public-private collaborations that are reimagining the childhood learning experience. The Forum, which engages the foremost political, business, and cultural leaders to shape the global agenda, recognized the leadership of the 3.4 million teachers and students who participate in the Climate Action Project at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland attended by 2,700 world leaders.
“Young people worldwide are witnessing climate change and want to take action. They understand the power of collective action and of the integral role that they play in creating change at a global-level. Their actions make our Lighthouse shine brightly,” said Dr. Jennifer Williams, Co-Founder, Take Action Global (TAG) the nonprofit organization behind the Climate Action Project, a free program that brings together thousands of PreK-12 classrooms from around the world to examine climate change and environmental literacy.
During the six-week program, teachers use curriculum and lesson plans in 16 languages to guide students through weekly activities. In the final week, participants celebrate Climate Action Day, a global online event where students ask questions and share their learning and actions with world leaders, climate scientists and researchers, and international youth activists. Examples of climate actions have included:
- Students in Malawi planted 60 million trees to save a lake;
- U.S. students developed a solar suitcase which was shipped to a Kenyan refugee camp where it now offers free power supply to a partner school;
- Canadian students developed cheap solar lights which were shipped to a Kenyan slum where it offers free light to 200 families; and
- Portuguese students made a plastic recycling machine which turns plastic waste into bowls and cutlery.
Marymount continues to be a forerunner in educating our youth on the climate crisis. This year, after becoming a Climate Action School, Istituto Marymount is trying to raise awareness about the impact of waste in the clothing industry.
Marymount continues to be an educational model by fostering\building 21st century skills for our students. They are learning to use creativity, analytical skills to understand climate change, use critical thinking to problem-solve and collaborate in hands-on group activities about these issues. For instance, the 3rd graders have completed a series of transversal projects (geo, science and technology) created by the LEGO Group to enhance their understanding of zero waste called “Build the Change”.
Marymount continues to be a forerunner in educating our youth on the climate crisis. This year, after becoming a Climate Action School, Istituto Marymount is trying to raise awareness about the impact of waste in the clothing industry. This year we will continue the tradition of celebrating Carnevale but are organizing a more sustainable celebration. Stay tuned for the exciting event.
“Climate action education has an important role to tackle climate change on a global scale. It informs students, takes away climate anxiety, and brings important skills to a classroom including empathy, creativity, and problem-solving,” added TAG co-founder Koen Timmers. “We are honored by this recognition and look forward to joining our peers in the knowledge-sharing networks and leadership meetings hosted by the World Economic Forum as part of this initiative.”
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