About Green Pack Junior

The REC developed a junior version of the Green Pack to provide teachers of children aged between 7 and 10 with simple, accessible materials promoting sustainable development. It helps younger children to grasp the concept of sustainability by focusing on the environmental impacts of choices made at home, in the supermarket, at school, in the park and on holiday. The materials, divided into between 10 and 12 topics, explore interactions between the environment, society and economic development. A structured lesson plan is provided for each topic, along with supporting materials required for course planning and delivery. Each lesson plan provides teachers with background information on the topic, lesson objectives, the methodology used, the materials and time required, and suggested locations. Related factsheets, handouts, simple tests, dilemmas and stories are available at the end of each lesson plan.

Two websites have been developed to support and promote Green Pack Junior implementation. The websites have been developed in English and Montenegrin.

TEACHING MATERIALS

 Green Pack Junior (2007)

 Green Pack Junior Bulgaria (2010)

 Green Pack Junior Kosovo* (2014)

 Green Pack Junior Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2012)

 Green Pack Junior Montenegro (2013)

 Green Pack Junior Ukraine (2011)

 The Eco-adventures of Bojan and Jana (2012)
Green Pack Junior Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

PROJECT MODULES

The Green Pack Junior goals are to build capacities, transfer know-how and establish the basis for further developments in the field of education for sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide.

In each country the project comprises three basic phases:

Feasibility study
This phase includes meeting with local partners such as national, regional and local institutions/organisations that will play a significant role in the following phase of the project. Preliminary plans, as well as the structure and content of Green Pack Junior, are defined, with the aim of harmonising the product with national curricula and educational standards.

Country-specific Green Pack Junior development
This phase includes the establishment of a national working group (NWG) made up of experts in environmental education from national institutions and universities, as well as representatives of educational centres. The NWG arranges local-language translations of Green Pack Junior. It also evaluates the most successful Green Pack Junior components and their adaptation and helps to define the format of Green Pack Junior and its layout. National experts provide input on the environmental issues of greatest relevance to the particular country and contribute specific case studies.

Teacher training and Green Pack Junior dissemination
A train-the-trainers seminar is organised, at which local partners are trained by international and local experts on how to train teachers to use the Green Pack Junior materials. The materials developed in the course of the project are handed over to local partners who are responsible for distributing them to schools and for training teachers.

STRUCTURE

The materials are divided into 10 topics that look at the interaction between environment, society and economic development:

  • Connections
  • Atmosphere
  • Water
  • Soil
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity
  • Resources
  • Human population
  • Consumption and waste
  • Social development and the environment

Each topic comprises a structured lesson plan and the supporting materials required to plan and deliver a class on the subject. The lesson plans create an interactive way of learning, using discussions, brainstorming, role playing and outdoor activities. Each lesson plan provides the teacher with background information on the topic, teaching objectives, a methodology, the required materials, suggested timing, and possible teaching locations. At the end of each lesson plan teachers will also find supporting factsheets and other tools such as colouring pages, tests and stories.

Green Pack Junior Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Green Pack Junior Montenegro and Green Pack Junior Kosovo* contain an additional two topics:

  • Health
  • Climate

These two versions also contain an interactive DVD that takes the form of a virtual trip around the home, school, local supermarket, park and vacation destinations. In each location, information can be found about how our behaviour affects the world around us. By answering quiz questions and playing the games, points can be won that help to protect the player's virtual planet.

The library section of the DVD contains a collection of video clips; animated information about the planet and how we can take care of it; drawings by schoolchildren; and an encyclopedia full of fascinating facts about the natural world presented in writing, film and audio clips. The Macedonian version also contains a book of stories focusing on the everyday experiences of two young children, which are intended to stimulate class discussions on environmental themes that have a direct impact on children’s lives. The book can be used as a separate teaching aid or in combination with the other elements of Green Pack Junior.

COUNTRIES

To date, Green Pack Junior has been introduced in five countries, and teacher training courses have been held to promote its use in schools.

  • Bulgaria
  • Kosovo*
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Ukraine