Towards the introduction of Climate Action in the Educational Curriculum of Bulgarian Schools
The project goal is the institutionalisation of a permanent interdisciplinary teachers’ training programme on climate action and energy efficiency and the improved energy efficiency of school buildings and related reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, based on the changed behaviour of teachers and students during the lifetime of the project and beyond.
To improve the capacity of academic professionals, the project will have two training of trainers’ modules: one in Berlin and one in Bulgaria. The teachers’ trainers will develop the training programme for teachers and draft educational materials. Along with the planned field work, field research methodology and tools will also be developed. Teachers undergoing the training will acquire a professional qualification and earn state education standard credits for their various involvements in different stages of the project’s activities. The finalising of the educational materials will consist of incorporating the contribution of teachers, improving their capacity to implement project activities in chosen NTEF beneficiary schools. German and EU experience will be exchanged and applied. The Bulgarian Ministry of Education as owner of the new curriculum will offer these programmes over the long term.
Kick-off meeting for the project, Photo: NTEF
Currently, there is insufficient institutional capacity to include climate change issues in the educational system and insufficient teaching capacity; a lack of educational materials on a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy; lack of interdisciplinarity – the subjects of climate change and energy efficiency do not exist as a standalone topic in the educational curriculum. There is no effective and flexible mechanism to coordinate all the key players in the climate action education field or to change the students’ and teachers’ behaviour towards low energy consumption. The project will generate draft proposals to the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria for specific updates to the educational standards, including climate change and energy efficiency aspects.
The project continues two educational projects already implemented by NTEF and supported by the German Environment Ministry (BMU).
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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.