Source of funding
Name of client/donor
Austrian Development Agency
Overall project value
September 2009 – September 2012
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Number of staff
Inspired by the political process Environment for Europe, in 2000 the REC launched a programme on education for sustainable development (ESD), sponsored by Toyota. This included the development and introduction of an innovative multimedia educational kit, the Green Pack, for school teachers and the students (aged between 11 and 15) in Central and Eastern Europe. Further ESD tools were subsequently developed for different age groups, including Green Pack Junior, aimed at children aged between 7 and 10 and their teachers.
The goal of Green Pack Junior Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was to provide teachers with simple, accessible materials promoting sustainable development in line with the documents, strategies and statements on ESD supported by the Macedonian Government. The aim is to help 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.
Materials in the Green Pack Junior for Macedonian schools are divided into 12 topics and 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. Related factsheets, handouts, simple tests and dilemmas are available at the end of each lesson plan. The accompanying interactive DVD includes quizzes and games; an encyclopedia; and video clips. The Macedonian Green Pack Junior also contains a book of stories describing the everyday experiences of two young children, designed to stimulate class discussions on environmental themes.
- Feasibility study: The first phase of the project involved meetings with local partners in order to define the structure and content of the Green Pack Junior materials and to harmonise the product with national curricula and educational standards.
- Product development: A national working group (NWG) was established, including experts in environmental education from national institutes and universities. The NWG helped to define the format of the product, and national experts provided input on environmental issues of greatest relevance to the country. The Macedonian Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science contributed to the development of Green Pack Junior with financial support and human resources. The materials were produced in the Macedonian and Albanian languages and were supplied to primary schools free of charge.
- Teacher training and dissemination: At train-the-trainer seminars, local partners were trained by international experts on how to train teachers to use the Green Pack Junior materials.
Further details, and the online version of Green Pack Junior (in English), are available from the REC's Educational Tools website.
- Capacity building
- Awareness raising
- Education, training and knowledge transfer