Providing teachers with high-quality training covering monthly lectures,
seminars, and workshops on issues connected with methodology of teaching
and working with groups of pupils. The training covers topic such as:
• assertiveness how to cope with stress and critic,
• methodology of teamwork,
• methods of project management and their use in environmental education,
• case-study as a method to understand environmental phenomena,
• ecological photo-reporting as a method of describing events and
• documentation and presentation of research results (reports, presentations,
posters, multimedia, etc.),
• methodology of presentation of own achievements,
• strategies to use in solving problems.
Extracurricular work with school students, working under the guidance
of participating teachers. Students carry out their own environmental
projects connected with one of the given thematic areas. During the last
programme session, they were as follows:
• environmental problems in my region versus EU requirements in
• searching humanistic and cultural, environmentally friendly examples,
• protection of earth climate,
• rational use of earth resources,
• creation of ecological awareness in the society.
Wide presentation and promotion of projects:
Each group presents its project results during the Environmental Forum
organized on the Earth Day. At these events, other pupils and teachers,
their parents, and colleagues from other schools, as well as members
the local community, may observe the results of groups’ activities
and vote for one project to represent the school in the Programme Grand
Energy Topic Examples:
Among different topics
of students’ projects, some of them are connected with sustainable
energy and climate change. Two examples are presented below:
The main goal of this project was to show how much energy is included
in biomass and how people can use this kind of energy. The first part
of their job was to collect the information resources on renewable energy,
Polish potential in this field, and processes of biomass preparation and
use. The next step was to prepare a special CD presentation with teaching
materials and lesson scenarios. This CD was widely circulated among teachers
and used by them successfully. Students from the Technical School in Czestochowa
have been working on this project.
Climate Change – Problems
The objectives of this project were to raise awareness about climate change
among children, young people, and adults, and to reduce gas emission from
schools. The final product of this project was a website, (www.efektcieplarniany.prv.pl).
This project was prepared by a school boy from the Primary School in Myslowice.
The young author of this website was extremely proud that he really succeeded
in making it. He had to learn a lot about climate change, but he also
learnt how to prepare websites.
of the best student projects and works is held on 5th June as a part of
the World Environmental Protection Day. In the last celebration, over
700 students and their teachers took part, as well as the representatives
of local and regional authorities, Members of Parliament from Silesia
region, and institutions and organisations supporting the environmental
protection and educational projects. The events are also widely covered
by regional and local media. In the last edition (school year 2003/2004),
120 teachers and their pupils from 48 schools situated in 32 Upper Silesian
cities took part.