Climate change is increasingly affecting people’s daily lives, including in Bulgaria. Against this backdrop, environmental education is under-represented in standard curricula and many young people say they do not feel prepared for the challenges climate change will present for the rest of their lives.
The United Nations recognizes the theme of combating climate change as one of the seventeen global sustainable development goals for 2030 and includes a sub-goal to “improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation and adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.”
The education website prepodavame.bg, supported by Visa, creates 4 weekly quizzes on the topic of climate change. Starting in the second half of October, students from grades 5 to 12 will be able to take part and build on their knowledge of the topic and receive prizes.
The quizzes are part of a more comprehensive project to develop environmental education in Bulgaria, which includes more:
- Student challenges to generate ideas for solving local environmental problems;
- a teachers’ competition for good practice in project-based eco-education.
- a teachers’ competition for good practice in project-based learning with an eco focus.
“Climate education is one way to challenge students to see interconnections between different sciences, to exercise their critical thinking and creativity, as climate challenges still have no single solution. This is a great way to create a learning process that is connected to reality and provokes students’ activity” ,says Julia Mishkova, one of the authors of the project’s learning materials.
More information about the quiz and how to participate can be found here.