School 2.0: How to build a healthy environment

School 2.0: How to build a healthy environment
December 2015 | Print | Brochure

Indoor air quality is one of the main environmental determinants of health in schools. Because more than 70 million children in Europe spend up to eight hours each day in school, it is vital to minimise air-related health hazards, especially for vulnerable groups such as those suffering from allergies or asthma. The Air Pack is a new, pioneering educational resource for use by teachers. It highlights the choices that can be made both inside and outside the classroom to prevent indoor air pollution from indoor and outdoor sources. The tool is recommended for use with children aged between 8 and 11.

The Air Pack focuses on three “hotspots”: indoor air in school; outdoor air at school; and comfort in the classroom. Air Pack lesson plans contain simple, practical experiments to complement the teachers’ lessons, while factsheets provide background information, including ideas about what to do and what not to do to improve air quality and comfort in the classroom. The Air Pack also teaches through play, featuring a memory game and multiple-choice quiz.

This brochure explains the concept behind the Air Pack and provides a brief overview of its teaching components.

The Air Pack has been developed within the REC’s Health and Environment Topic Area with funding from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS).