The Climate Box – Interactive Toolkit for Schoolchildren of Uzbekistan

Jun 26, 2018

Climate Box - an interactive learning toolkit on climate change for schoolchildren was presented today for methodologists and teachers of the Republican Center of Education under the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, school teachers of Tashkent, specialists of Uzhydromet, representatives of civil society and academia.

In 2014, recognizing the importance of climate change, the United Nations Development Programme developed the Climate Box - a new toolkit for educational institutions to raise awareness among youth and the public about the impact of climate change on the environment.

The Climate Box is an illustrated guide that explains in fascinating and accessible manner the process of the Earth's climate change for many centuries, and the current situation. Colorful charts and graphs allow visualizing the impact of these changes on nature and humans, describe measures aimed at adapting to negative consequences and preventing risks posed by global warming, as well as steps being taken in various countries around the world. With the assistance of a team of experts from the Russian Federation, in 2014,  the toolkit has been successfully tested in 157 schools of Russia, and more than 500 teachers have been trained on interactive learning methodology. In 2015, it was translated into English and presented at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris (COP-21). A year later, the toolkit was introduced in countries of Central Asia: the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan.

During the two days, the trainers from the Russian Federation shared their experience in introduction and use of the toolkit in other countries. The participants of the training reviewed the content of the Climate Box and revealed the peculiarities of working with the toolkit, and learned methodologies on how to build a dialogue with the children through individual exercise assignments. Also, educational games, crosswords, quizzes and quests, which allow to easily learn the material while playing and to apply the gained knowledge in everyday life, were demonstrated. Participants also learned about experience Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other CIS countries promoting the Climate Box.

During the discussions, it was decided to select some schools for piloting the toolkit in Tashkent and in Karakalpakstan as the latter is a region, most vulnerable to climate change impacts. In the future, it is planned to organize series of training seminars for teachers specialized in natural sciences and methodologists for wider dissemination and use of this toolkit countrywide.

 

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