UNDP “Climate Box” pilot seminar is holding in Ashgabat

UNDP “Climate Box” pilot seminar is holding in Ashgabat

Ayna BERDYEVA

On June 28, in Ashgabat, the first pilot seminar “Climate Box” for schoolteachers of the country, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan, began its work.

Within the framework of the seminar, participants will be introduced to the context of a new innovative interactive learning toolkit on Climate Change – “Climate Box” that was developed by an interdisciplinary team of Russian experts and the experience of implementing into the Russian education system. Teachers will learn how the Earth’s climate has changed from the earliest geological epochs, what climate changes are happening now, how these changes affect nature and humanity, how to prevent the most dangerous consequences of global warming, and what is already being done in different regions of the world. In addition, they will receive methodological recommendations for teachers on use of the “Climate Box” in the educational process.

The “Climate Box” consists of an illustrated textbook, the Climate Quiz game, a wall map illustrating the possible effects of climate change on nature and mankind, a poster with tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, and a disk with all of the toolkit materials.

The textbook was translated into Turkmen language and the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan foresees adaptation of its content to Turkmenistan context for application in various courses of the school programme including nature, biology, geography, natural sciences and others.

In 2016-2017, UNDP launched a regional project on implementing the “Climate Box” in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Today the project is being implemented in seven countries: Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.