About Green Pack

The Green Pack is a multimedia environmental education kit for use in teaching children aged between 11 and 15 about environmental protection and sustainable development. It includes a variety of educational materials such as a teacher’s handbook with lesson plans and fact sheets for students, a film collection with animated clips and educational films, an interactive CD-ROM with extensive information on various environmental topics, and a dilemma game.

Each Green Pack is adapted substantively, in collaboration with national education and environmental ministries, to the particular country’s environmental context, with national and regional information supplementing the core material, and translated into the relevant language or languages. Distribution is carried out in cooperation with national education ministries and targeted at school teachers via training workshops.

Four websites have been developed to support and promote Green Pack implementation. Green Pack Online contains the educational material from the CD-ROM, online dilemma games and lesson plans.

The websites have been developed in English, Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian.

TEACHING MATERIALS

 Green Pack (2003)

 Green Pack Albania (2006)

 Green Pack Azerbaijan (2006)

 Green Pack Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010)

 Green Pack Bulgaria (2003)

 Green Pack Central Asia: Dilemmas (2013)

 Green Pack Central Asia: Tests (2013)

 Green Pack Czech Republic (2004)

 Green Pack Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2008)

 Green Pack Hungary (2003)

 Green Pack Kosovo* (2012)

 Green Pack Montenegro (2009)

 Green Pack Poland (2002)

 Green Pack Russia (2005)

 Green Pack Russia Komi Republic (2009)

 Green Pack Serbia (2012)

 Green Pack Slovakia (2004)

 Green Pack Turkey (2007)

 Green Pack Ukraine (2009)

PROJECT MODULES

The Green Pack project 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 the Green Pack, are defined, with the aim of harmonising the product with national curricula and educational standards.

Country-specific Green Pack 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 the Green Pack. It also evaluates the most successful Green Pack components and their adaptation and helps to define the format of the Green Pack 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 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 materials. The Green Packs 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 to use the materials.

STRUCTURE

The Green Pack emphasises the formation of new values and behavioural models for all social contexts: school, home and society.

The Green Pack covers 22 topics related to environmental protection and sustainable development, divided into five chapters:

  • Environmental components: air, water, soil and biodiversity.
  • Threats to the environment: urbanisation, noise, waste and chemicals.
  • Human activities and impacts: energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and tourism.
  • Global challenges: climate change, ozone depletion, acidification, and issues affecting seas and oceans.
  • Values: consumerism, human health and the environment, citizens’ rights, and responsibility for the Earth’s future.

Each of the main Green Pack components – the CD-ROM, teachers’ handbook, film collection and dilmma game – follow this same structure.

The teachers’ handbook is the main component of the multimedia kit. It contains lesson plans on the environmental topics, structured to provide users with information on each theme as well as the lesson’s objectives and methodology. Teachers can also find factsheets and diagrams at the end of each lesson plan for distribution to their students.

INNOVATIONS

The Green Pack materials interpret the sophisticated messages of political processes and initiatives such as “Environment for Europe”, the Post-Rio process and the UNECE Strategy on ESD) as they relate to the implementation of the sustainable development concept in countries undergoing political and economic transition. The Green Pack adapts those messages for
educators, teachers and students in the following ways:

  • Specific challenges are presented in their global, national and regional contexts, as well as at the level of the individual citizen.
  • Sustainability is conveyed in a compelling, accessible way and in multiple formats. Lesson plans and activities include complementary videos, role-playing exercises, an interactive dilemma game and discussions, and additional information from a multimedia CD-ROM with Internet links.
  • Emphasis is placed on the formation of new values and behavioural models. Most importantly, students and teachers work as partners in activities, discussions, role-playing exercises and decision-making situations.
  • Students are encouraged to take a proactive approach towards environmental and local development challenges, and are asked to share their new-found knowledge and skills with family members.
  • Discussions are initiated with local community stakeholders on ways to achieve sustainable development.

The development and adaptation of the Green Pack involves close cooperation at national level (authorities responsible for economic, social and environmental development); professional level (institutions, organisations, universities and NGOs with expertise in the field of sustainable development); individual level (educators, scientists, politicians and decision makers involved nationally or internationally in the practical implementation of sustainable development); and international level (political, business and not-for-profit organisations that promote sustainable development worldwide). This methodology encourages the active involvement of local partners in the adapting and upgrading of the Green Pack and allows them to take charge of teacher training and Green Pack dissemination. This in turn motivates local partners to improve the quality of the materials, produce new editions and train new groups of teachers.