Early Years Resources
There are many issues facing the world and young people need to be aware of the challenges we face. Environmental problems and solutions are often left unreported or unseen. We can struggle to comprehend the impacts our decisions are having on people and places in other countries, we might not even be aware of their existence. It is important for children and young people to develop global citizenship. They will be better equipped to think systemically; to comprehend the complex web of relationships that shape global phenomena such as pandemics and climate change.
This topic overlaps with every other Eco-Schools topic and can therefore be built into almost any project. The development of a global perspective can also be an underlying objective of a school’s curriculum. With it comes compassion, empathy, wisdom and citizenship.
Project idea 1 – Pen pals
More than 60 different countries around the world have an Eco-Schools programme. The Eco-Committee could connect with an Eco-School in Jordan, Australia or Japan for example. This would allow them to share ideas, discover similarities and explore differences. By regularly communicating with another Eco-Committee in a different part of the world, the pupils are likely to be exposed to issues they may not have considered before, such as water stress, wildfires or poaching.
Project idea 2 – Procurement
Globalisation means that products used in schools can originate from all over the world. Some products are sourced and made responsibly and carry a mark or logo to prove it, such as Fairtrade or FSC Certified. The Eco-Committee could investigate the different quality marks available for different products, what their criteria are and how many of the school’s resources carry such a mark. They should also think about the products that don’t have a quality mark and investigate if alternatives are available.
You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your schoolInteractive Eco-School