Environmental Education Initiative for Primary and Secondary Pupils in Syria | Projects

Environmental Education Initiative for Primary and Secondary Pupils in Syria

Syria is considered to be the “Cradle of Civilization,” with Damascus often thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.  With a recent influx of Iraqi refugees, the current education system is under extreme pressure.
ROTA’s main focus in the Syria projects is to introduce formal and non-formal education in sustainable environmental behavior. The targeted populations of this program are students and teachers from primary, secondary, and universities, in the hopes of creating a joint awareness system to instill these morals and values towards the environment.

This program, carried out with partners the Sustainable Business Associates, Massar, the Syrian Environmental Association, and the country’s Ministry of Education, was set up to encourage children to learn through environmental awareness and introduce formal and non-formal education in order to sustain environmental ethical behavior. 20000 students and teachers from primary, secondary, and universities are expected to benefit from this program.  It is hoped that the initiative will result in creating awareness that will lead towards more responsible and ethical behavior with regards to the environment.
 

Project Facts

 

Implementing Period: 

July 2010 – September 2013

 

Project Partner:
 

Sustainable Business Associates (SBA), Massar, The Syrian Environmental Association, The Ministry of Education

 

Objectives:
 

  • ­  To create among young people an understanding of the environmental impacts due to human behaviour and lifestyle
     
  • ­  To provide young people knowledge and skills of eco-citizens
     
  • ­  To enable young people to be actively involved in environmental protection
     
  • ­  To give primary and secondary teachers effective pedagogical information, sufficient knowledge as well as up-to-date resources and tools for environmental education

 

Expected Beneficiaries:

Direct Beneficiaries: 20,000 beneficiaries (pupils from non-formal activities; pupils from  formal training;  teachers and educators )
 

Indirect Beneficiaries: families of the pupils; neighborhoods' communities; university students; municipalities;; 20 companies; environmental NGOs; Ministry of Local Administration and Environment 

Encouraging children to learn through environmental awareness