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Teaching conservation in school

The Ministry of Environment signed an agreement with the private schools association, Asociación de Instituciones Educativas Privadas (Ainep) to develop and implement a special environmental education curriculum that focuses on the importance of conserving the environment and natural resources of the country. The agreement was signed by Minister of Environment Francisco Domínguez Brito and the president of Ainep, Belén Pou. They agreed to draft the guidelines for collaboration.

The plan is to organize and develop educational activities, with a focus on prevention and strengthening of the system for the protection and conservation of environment and natural resources. Ainep commits to include environmental topics in school subjects in all grades, with a unified focus.

The actions include reforestation, planting school gardens and conducting education activities to improve water and energy management skills. In addition, the new collaborative program will teach basic concepts of renewable energies, and solid and liquid waste management, including recycling.

The agreement calls for co-participation in drafting and promoting a Green School Program to build environmentally friendly spaces. Through this program, the Ministry of Environment is collaborating with the Ministry of Education in the drafting of teaching plans and programs.

With the new environmental education curriculum the schools in place, educators will prioritize student service activities related to the conservation of the environment and natural resources. Middle grad school children are now being required to carry out 30 hours of community service. Another activity that will be carried out in the schools is the project “To Grow My Tree” in which students will receive seeds of 10 trees and will be asked to take care of these plants and follow their growth over the years.

Source: DR1, 7dias

July 15, 2017

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