Title of the training
Climate Action for Schools: Preparing School for Climate Change
2 Days (12 lesson hours) + 5 working days on-the-job guidance work
After the training, a total of 5 working days of on-the-job guidance is carried out in order to guide the planning and implementation process in schools that will start to climate and sustainability planning and implementation process.
Purpose and scope
Climate Action for Schools training covers the theoretical background and implementation achievements, principles and processes of a holistic approach to creating and developing a culture of sustainability in schools in the dimensions of governance, facilities and operation, teaching and learning, and community collaboration. This training aims to provide participants with the basic knowledge, perspectives and skills necessary to initiate, plan and implement climate action initiatives to prepare a school for climate action in all its aspects and to mobilize it.
Climate Action for Schools training is recommended for all internal and external stakeholders of the school, including school principals, vice principals, teachers, guidance counselors, all staff working in schools, presidents and members of the school parent association, parents and students. For successful planning and implementation in preparing the school for climate change, it is key that all stakeholders develop a shared understanding on climate change action in schools.
It is preferable that those who will receive this training have received basic training and basic knowledge on climate change, climate change adaptation and mitigation before this training.
Climate Action for Schools training is given by experienced experts in the field of school development, who stand out with their capacity building activities on curriculum development, creating educational content, institutional climate actions and sustainability.
Objectives and learning outcomes
Those who have successfully completed the Climate Action for Schools training are expected to;
- Adapt a school-based approach to climate action to their own school,
- Participate and contribute in the dimensions of governance, education, operation and cooperation to create a climate-compatible and sustainable school,
- Implement stages and actions to create a climate-aligned school and sustainability culture,
- Monitor and evaluate the implementation of climate action plan and contribute to continuous improvement efforts.
Although the content of the training program will be adapted according to the characteristics of the group to be trained, such as educational status and field of study, the content of the training includes the following topics:
- School-based approach to climate action
- Dimensions of school-based climate action
- Sustainability and governance at school
- Teaching and learning for climate action: climate education integrated with lessons, critical thinking and forward-thinking, training students for climate action
- Facilities and operation: how the school became a model for climate action
- Improving community collaboration for climate action teaching and learning
- Climate action monitoring, assessment and reporting
Delivery and method
Climate Action for Schools training is implemented in the form of face-to-face training. Since the training will be carried out practically, all participants must be physically present in the training environment during the training.
In the implementation of the training, the training presentation is provided to the participants. It is ensured that the participants are actively involved, by using techniques such as discussion, brainstorming, case study and group work to improve climate action planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills as well as the presentation of basic information about the school’s comprehension of a holistic climate and sustainability approach and developing a common perspective.
Learning tools and materials
In Climate Action for Schools training, worksheets and other documents are used as training materials for participants to practice on initiating, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the climate action initiative.
Audio visual and multimedia materials, templates, worksheets, checklists and other materials for exercises and practices are prepared by the trainer and distributed to the participants. However, if there is a sufficient number of hardware such as computers, notebooks or tablets in the learning environment, all materials are provided in a digital format and studies are carried out in digital context. In accordance with our waste reduction policy, printed materials are not distributed in this training unless it is educationally necessary.
Assessment and evaluation
In order to optimize the learning process according to the learners’ needs, the level of readiness of the learners is assessed informally by the trainer at the beginning of the training. The studies carried out by the learners, such as exercises and practices are assessed as indicators of the development / learning and the trainer provides feedback and adjusts learning activities based on them in order to ensure effective learning.
Participants are given a set of questions to determine the level of awareness and knowledge about Climate Action for Schools, either online or in print, before and after the training. In addition, at the end of the training, the Training Evaluation Questionnaire is applied.
All participants who complete the training receive a certificate of attendance showing that they have completed the “Climate Action for Schools” training, with duration of the training clearly stated.
Schools that complete the Climate Action for Schools training and the guidance process for one academic year after the education are issued the Sustainable Development Campus “Climate Friendly School” certificate according to the results of the evaluation made by SDCampus experts.
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