One of the REC's flagship multimedia educational toolkits on environment and sustainable development, Green Pack Junior, has begun its journey in Kosovo* with a first teacher training event, held on February 25 and 26, 2017.
Around 190 primary-school teachers were trained on how to use Green Pack Junior in their classes, and how to connect its materials with the Kosovan core curricula. The training was organised with the generous financial support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Kosovan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST).
This round of trainings covered the municipalities of Pristina, Peja, Fushe Kosove, Obiliq, Istog and Klina. The training sessions, which were delivered by REC staff and licensed MEST trainers, included a general overview of the REC and Green Pack Junior; a detailed introduction to the teachers' handbook and the DVD; an explanation of the links between the toolkit and the newly revised core curricula; and a hands-on opportunity to try out the Green Pack Junior materials.
Participants showed great interest in the toolkit and expressed their appreciation of the innovative teaching methods it offers. Besides containing a wealth of information, Green Pack Junior is regarded as one of the best tools for integrated teaching, as it can be used in many compulsory and optional subjects, as required by the new curricula. During the revision of the Kosovan framework curricula and core curricula in 2016, the REC worked in close cooperation with the MEST to incorporate the concept of education for sustainable development into the documents. Green Pack Junior will now be used in schools to help fulfil the integrated requirements, based on a memorandum of understanding signed in July 2013.
While the introduction of new curricula is often regarded as a huge challenge, training participants expressed their belief that Green Pack Junior will help them to cover many competences, goals and learning outcomes in many different fields.
Participants were presented with certificates in recognition of the completion of eight hours of professional development. In addition, the training programme is accredited by the MEST as a training for the professional development of teachers.
Green Pack Junior Kosovo* was developed by the REC's Education for Sustainable Development Topic Area, adjusted to the Kosovan context by national educational and environmental experts, with the financial support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the MEST.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.