Education and Environment Ministries launch Inter-School Environmental as part of COP25

“As the Education Ministry we want to support and promote environmental education. Children have great power and leadership to care for the country and the planet. The great environmental initiatives often start with ideas, ingenuity, from their capacities and sensitivity,” Education Minister Marcela Cubillos said this morning in the Republic of Austria school in Estacion Central district as part of Inter-School Environmental 2019, an initiative developed by the Education Ministry, Kyklos and the Environment Ministry as part of COP25.

From today and until the 22nd of November, students in Chile can be part of this challenge launched by the Education Ministry, and which is the main youth activity in the Citizen Agenda of the 2019 United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

“The Inter-School Environmental is one of the pillars of the Citizen Agenda that we launched with President Piñera as part of COP25. Children are our principal agents of change, they are the ones telling adults about the urgency of facing climate change with action, and of developing actions that protect the environment,” Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt added.

The Inter-School Environmental has 30 different activities, some of which are:

  • Recreating the world and environment in which they will live in 30 years’ time to see their perception of climate change. (Chile meets 7 of the 9 vulnerability factors defined by the United Nations, placing us amongst the 10 countries most affected by climate change.)
  • Creating a research project and making a dissemination space for school science where the results are shared among the school community. (In Chile 12.5% of containers and packaging are recycled and by 2030 the goal is to reach 60%, meaning increasing the recycling rate of these materials five times over.)
  • Emptying the contents of all rubbish bins of an educational establishment in a visible place in the yard. The idea is that children appreciate the quantity of rubbish generated, and how much of that can be separated and recycled. This activity will be held during a break. (In Chile more than 7.5 million tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated a year, of which only 4% is recycled.)

 

To take part in this initiative, students should sign up to this website or download the “Interescolar Ambiental” app from Android or IOS. News of the registered schools for the 30 activities of environmental education will be published on both platforms.

“The objective is to create a national network that works for the protection of the environment, in which schools do not just work on themes related to climate change, protection of their surroundings and correct recycling, but can also engage with Personal and Social Development Indices (IDPS), which will allow the school atmosphere to improve,” Kyklos executive director Sebastián Hercen added.

Although the Inter-School Environmental is primarily aimed at students from Years 1 to 12 and their teachers, those teachers at pre-school establishments, schools for special educational needs (NEE) or others that wish to participate can do so, adapting the activities to their respective educational levels. This version hopes to feature the participation of more than 500 educational establishments in Chile.

On the completion of an activity, participating schools will win environmental action points, with which they will be able to improve their position in the “commitment” category. Every month Kyklos and the Education Ministry will highlight five educational establishments on their social media, which will be divided by geographical zone: North, Centre North, Centre South and South.

The establishments that most stand out this semester will be invited to take part in the activities that Kyklos and the Educational Ministry will carry out together in the Green Zone of COP25, which will be held between the 2nd and 13th of December.

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