Field environmental sections, lectures on climate change, greenhouse gases and global warming, measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology and land cover through practical use of the green truck’s laboratory equipment, discussions on renewable energy sources and the potentials for “green” businesses development in the region, as well as calculations of the school facilities’ carbon footprints, are some of the activities within the ongoing climate change practical education in frames of the USAID’s Municipal Climate Change Strategies Project (MCCSP), implemented by Milieukontakt Macedonia. Starting from February 22nd to date, the USAID’s environmental classroom on wheels has visited nine primary schools in Prilep, where more than 1,300 students have been educated on climate change while performing practical exercises and experiments with the truck’s laboratory equipment. By mid-April 2015, the caravan will visit more than 30 schools in the ten municipalities where the project is implemented: Prilep, Krivogashtani, Pehcevo, Delcevo, Vinica, Bogdanci, Bogovinje, Mavrovo Rostushe, Tearce and Studenicani. The successful realization of the ongoing practical education on climate change results from the well-established partnership with the local municipalities and schools in frames of the USAID’s Municipal Climate Change Strategies Project, which is being successfully implemented in Macedonia, since 2012, with the primary aim at preparing municipalities to tackle local challenges caused by climate change. Before the start of the caravan, primary school teachers from the ten partner municipalities were trained to deliver climate change practical education using real equipment and experiments in the green truck, based on the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. The three-day training was organized in Prilep and was delivered by qualified experts from the MCCSP, implemented by Milieukontakt Macedonia.
Through this initiative, USAID aims to encourage national primary schools to introduce, develop, and implement effective curricula for a climate change practical and research-based education, through enhancement of the capacity of local teachers, as well as to setup standards that ensure effective execution of such programs. This, in turn, will boost public awareness of climate change and will inspire the next generation of environmental activists.
Today and tomorrow, the environmental classroom on wheels will visit the primary schools in the Municipality of Krivogastani.