Hungarian schools take on climate change

May 14, 2012

REC serves as network's coordinator in Hungary

By the Changing with the Climate Network

What can Hungarian schools do to combat climate change and global warming? What are the related tasks for those working in the Hungarian education system? What are the most efficient methods for teaching and learning about climate change? How might we integrate climate change issues into the national curriculum?

MODELLING THE FUTURE: Students at Budapest's Peter Veres High School display their model of a solar power plant. Photo: Nicolette Gyori

These are the most important questions of a three-year (2010-2013) Comenius-funded project called Changing with the Climate (CWC), which involves an international network of six partners from EU member states. The Institute of Education at the University of Reading (UK), acts as a leading partner, with the other partners being Ecoserveis (Spain), Hespul (France), the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (Romania), the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe-or, REC (Hungary) and the Municipality of Bologna (Italy).

The Changing with the Climate educational network is a follow-up of a previously successful cooperation between the REC and the current consortium. The previous cooperation was the Kyoto in the Home project.

Changing with the Climate is an educational network that links schools across Europe to enhance teaching and learning and to encourage positive action in response to climate change. The network has three key aims: to develop an EU-wide school network; to develop new teaching methods and support and provide training for teachers to make the study of science more interesting; and, to encourage positive action to help minimise changes in climate.

Participating schools are asked to take on three commitments: establish contact with a foreign partner school; devote at least five classroom lessons to issues related to climate change; and, undertake a joint action to help tackle climate change.

The network has selected teaching resources that partners developed to support teaching and learning processes specific to unique sets of conditions. This approach helps to develop an understanding of the ever-increasing need to use energy more sustainably.

Logo1The REC is acting as the network coordinator in Hungary. Changing with the Climate has been implemented very successfully in Hungary: at present, 11 Hungarian primary and secondary schools have joined the network. On October 25-26, 2011, two teachers from Hungary participated in an international conference in Barcelona focusing on the role of education in tackling climate change. Each teacher was given an opportunity to present the environmental education situation in their school.

Logo2The Hungarian member schools are very enthusiastic about their climate change actions. In 2012, schools and their foreign partners hope to achieve meaningful results through a joint project focusing especially on the struggle against global warming. You can follow Changing with the Climate network news both here and here.  

National contact: Julia Schuchmann, Junior Expert, REC