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Together with the Climate Alphabet

3 February 2021

In spring 2020, Green Wave prepared a study paper: Environmental education for sustainable development on climate change in pre-school, secondary, out-of-school and higher education in Ukraine. Analysis of the current state of environmental and climate education delivered in formal secondary schools of Ukraine provided very pessimistic findings.

Our next step was to actively look for efficient ways to address the issue. We have jointly made a conclusion that solving an issue requires a consistent approach, and started creating such programs from scratch.

Our plans were supported by a grant from International Renaissance Foundation, and the first program was produced in autumn. It is intended for grade 3 and 4 students of general secondary schools. Significant support that “mentally” preceded our program was the Concept of the New Ukrainian School with one of its cross-cutting lines  “Environmental safety and sustainable development” and separately described environmental competency.

The hard work of Iryna Sankovska, a Lecturer at the Department of Pre-School and Primary Education, Institute of Post-Graduate Education, Borys Grinchenko University of Kyiv, resulted in the Climate Alphabet, an optional study course. It contains a study program, textbook for teachers containing 16 lessons, notepad for students and a library (a set of books recommended for children).

Ukrainian Climate Network facilitated the course review for terminology and academic conformity by Olga Shevchenko, PhD in Geography, Assistant Professor at the Department of Meteorology and Climatology of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Starting from February 2021, the Climate Alphabet will be delivered in three grade 4 classes at Liko School in Kyiv as a trial program.

We are confident that everyone will be happy with the deliverables we expect!

The project is funded by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) and the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine under the Environmental Policy and Advocacy Development Initiative for Ukraine (EPAIU).

Author: Олександра Халаїм

Олександра ХалаїмГолова ГО Український екологічний клуб “Зелена Хвиля”