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WWF Education Community is getting stronger

We are happy to announce that WWF Educators will in the future be able to communicate, share experiences and learn together better as WWF Education Community is organizing itself in a new way. The aim is to better integrate education into WWF practices and get the potential of education fully in use in supporting WWF’s conservation efforts.

Already over 100 educators have joined the new Global Education group at Workplace, monthly Educator Webex calls are ongoing, this news bulletin is established and Educators’ workspace at OneWWF is being developed. We are about to form working groups around different themes and, ultimately, find Education Community a practical and flexible structure within WWF Network. This boost for education is very timely as WWF recently signed a partnership with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on the implementation of Aichi Target 1 about raising awareness on the importance of biodiversity and nature.

For more information, contact Hanna Seimola, WWF Finland.

Join the conversation at Workplace

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WWF Austria: Target - Young Adults: Who’ in?

Are you currently working with young adults (aged 15-30) or are you interested in developing a youth leadership, empowerment, or volunteer program?

WWF Austria would like to gather the names and contact info for who’s “in(terested)”! We have been asked to work on a factsheet for the Annual Conference on WWF youth empowerment/leadership programs and would also like to develop a “handbook” for establishing youth empowerment programs. We are currently gathering information on the different types of programs in the network. We would be grateful for your support by taking a few minutes to complete this questionnaire about your existing youth program by March 17, 2017.

Not started yet but interested? We’d also like to hear from those of you who are interested in developing programs to know what sort of questions you might have for getting started. Please complete sections 1 and 3 of the questionnaire.

This information would also provide a good foundation for the future possibility of working together globally on youth programs/projects/campaigns!

For more information, contact Theresa Posch, WWF Generation Earth Intern.

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WWF Greece: “Around the world in 80 questions”

WWF Greece has a free online game called "Around the world in 80 questions" that is designed in an open format that allows everyone interested to easily modify and use it for their own needs and context. You only have to change content files and languages. It can be either terrestrial, using material from the #NatureAlert or the World Heritage campaigns, or even coastal and marine to slowly build on relevant projects of neighboring countries or regions.

Around the world in 80 questions, the GR Edition is a green trivial pursuit game. It travels around three different areas of Greece using info, material and experience from several WWF Greece’s projects.

The game was funded by WWF Netherlands’ Innovation Fund and developed in collaboration with the Department of Digital Systems of Piraeus University.

For more information, contact Natalia Kalevra, WWF Greece.

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WWF Serbia: First we have to learn how to create a better tomorrow

“If we don't understand why nature conservation matters, it's hard to assume our kids will care about it. This is the main reason why I've applied for the WWF Nature Academy – I want to learn, to act, to spread the word, to protect”. This is one of many comments that one could hear after the WWF Nature Academy training in late October 2016 in Serbia.

The aim of the WWF Nature Academy, one of the educational components of Sida funded “Protected Areas for Nature and People” project, is to develop key competencies of students and their teachers that lead to active citizenship for nature protection. A student and a teacher from each of the selected 30 schools in and around the five protected areas of the project are trained to become ambassadors for nature. This activity will introduce education for sustainable development in Serbia’s primary and secondary schools near protected areas.

Throughout the school year participants work with managers of protected areas, learning about ecological footprints, active citizenship, project management and media relations. The focus is on teacher’s capacity building for engaged methods in environmental education, as well as practical education for pupils, participatory approach, field-work activities and project-based learning. “We should spend more time outside, nature is the best classroom”, a student commented, while a teacher concluded: “The Academy has reminded me how beautiful and playful teaching can be”.

The first cycle of the Academy started in October 2016 and will last until June 2017, with the aim to develop education programs and improve cooperation between schools and the management of five protected areas in Serbia - national parks Fruska Gora, Djerdap and Tara, Special Nature Reserve Gornje Podunavlje and the Protected Landscape Avala. It is hoped that the programme will expand to other countries in the region.

For more information, contact Sonja Badjura and Tijana Stojanović, WWF Adria.

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WWF Finland: School Tour for ecologically sustainable forestry

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland, schools in 100 towns around Finland may invite trained WWF volunteers to facilitate interactive lessons about biodiversity of forests and how everyone can help in safeguarding it. As more than 50% of the forests in Finland is privately owned, promoting ecologically sustainable forestry in small-scale can have an impact nationally.

Therefore, after the lesson pupils are requested to visit a special website together with their parents to reflect, learn more and take action. The goal is to encourage forest-owning parents to take on WWF’s sustainable forestry guidelines: leave dead wood in forests and practicing uneven-aged forest management.

School classes may additionally build a multifold Biodiversity of Forests – WWF project including nature crafts, trips to forest and building of bird boxes. .

For more information, contact Sanna Koskinen, WWF Finland.

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WWF Bolivia: BosNi, the Forests for Children Project

WWF Bolivia is committed to promote the inclusion of environmental education content into the national education curricula. These efforts seek to ensure that actions and decisions of the school population are environmentally sound, informed and sustainable over time. To this end, BosNi, the Forests for Children Project was implemented in 16 schools, between 2013-16.

Teachers and children were encouraged to replace garbage dumps with trees, ornamental, medicinal and food plants in order to transform this waste into green spaces. These “green spaces” were perceived by teachers as new didactic resources and were regularly included into the teachers learning plans. Teachers guides, practical and didactical tutorial, as well as other educational materials developed by the project (some endorsed by the Ministry of Education) contributed to this task.

The lack of infrastructure, equipment and materials is a limitation for the teacher to undertake issues related to the environment. To address this shortcoming, the project implemented an Environmental Education Center, a physical space fitted with modern technology and equipment and developed a curriculum plan to enable teachers to broaden and deepen the work on environmental issues in an interactive way, applying information and communication technology. The Center provides educational services to all schools in the municipality where the project was implemented.

You can access additional information of our experience at WWF Bolivia, and Chanel WWF Bolivia in Youtube.

For more information, contact Gonzalo Calderon de la Barca, WWF Bolivia.

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WWF Malaysia: Seeds of hope

WWF Malaysia, Skuad Lestari and Soka Gakkai Malaysia joined hands to organize a programme called “Seeds of Hope”. Held at Teacher Education Institute Tuanku Bainun from 20 to 21 June 2016, the event hoped to educate and raise awareness on how individuals can help reduce the damage on our environment.

The students subsequently had to share the stories with other visitors. In conjunction with WWF Malaysia’s campaign “My Fin, My Life”, an awareness session on the importance of sharks in maintaining a balance in the marine ecosystem and sustaining our seafood also took place. The participants were encouraged to sign a pledge to say no to shark fin and shark-related products.

For more information, contact Johleen Koh, WWF Malaysia.


WWF UK: Plant2Plate

Valentine’s Day sees the launch of year 2 of our successful Plant2Plate campaign. Designed to recruit new and engage existing Green Ambassador schools, Plant2Plate helps UK primary schools explore why food is such an important sustainability issue, and then take action by growing and cooking at school. The campaign encourages children to get outdoors, connect with nature, understand where their food comes from – all while developing key life skills. Children are also introduced to the ‘Livewell’ principles to help them make food choices which are healthier for people and planet. Year 1 of the campaign saw 2,000 schools register to take part – we hope to engage another 2,000 this time!

To help us we’re developing a suite of new resources exploring the links between food, biodiversity, water and waste, there’s another recipe competition, a ‘wonky veg’ activation, free seed kits, and a new partnership with Education Guardian with WWF feature and film content available through their online platform and digital adverts linking to our website. Our existing resources – including “Food for Thought”, a beginners guide, growing calendar and storybook – remain available to registered schools.

For more information, contact Cherry Duggan, WWF UK.

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WWF Greece: Healthy children, healthy planet

‘Today we went to the street market – it was great! The children bombarded the merchants with questions: “Do the fruit have pesticides chemicals?”, “Where do the bananas come from?”, “Do you have other tomatoes? These were grown in a greenhouse…”. We even gave a fish ruler to the fish stall, to point out that they have to let the juvenile fish mature to their adult, reproducing age” Niki told us. Niki is a kindergarten teacher who participated with her class in the pilot phase of our project “Healthy children, healthy planet”.

After two successful years of our Better Life program, where WWF Greece aimed to connect the way we live with the environment in the minds of children and adults alike, sustainable food was chosen as a priority and the “Healthy children, healthy planet” campaign was born. It’s objective: to teach children- and their parents- to eat healthy and sustainably. The first task was for our environmental education team to put together an integrated, comprehensive and … fun educational package for primary schools on sustainable food. Through a whole school approach of the health and environmental aspects of our eating habits we aim for students, teachers and parents to change their nutrition patterns and diet to one that is closer to the Mediterranean model. The pilot phase of the project during which 3 schools of primary education applied the education package, along with workshops for the students and teachers, information guides and presentations for the parents and collective cuisines for the whole school community, has just been completed. The three pilot schools were also very happy to receive a donation-in-kind by Praktiker: the installation of a kitchen and an exemplary school garden.

This September, when the new school year starts the material will be available online and we will start our voyage through Greece with a mobile exhibition on sustainable food. The project is supported by the S. Niarchos and the J. Latsis foundations.

For more information, contact Eleni Svoronou, WWF Greece.

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WWF Germany: "You are what you eat; protecting the environment while eating"

Center Parcs Germany and WWF Germany are launching a competition together in order to motivate children and families to contemplate if their eating habits are environmentally-friendly. The 150 winner children and their families are invited to the Kids Climate Conference from June 23-25, 2017 in the Center Parc, Hochsauerland. There the children will spend the weekend learning about what their eating habits have to do with the climate. WWF Germany will support with know-how and interactive games for the children, as well as many other NGOs. Center Parc donates a one year “WWF membership” for all 150 participating families and financially supports the German WWF children- and youth program with an additional donation of 27.400€.

For more information, contact Sabine.krueger@wwf.de, WWF Germany.

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WWF South Africa: Environmental Leaders Internship Programme

In 2011, WWF South Africa established its Environmental Leaders Internship Programme to attract new graduates into working for the environment and support their access to and entry into environment related careers. In 2016, we did a tracer study to assess the success of the programme. After 5 years, 78 new post graduates, mainly Masters and in some cases Honours graduates were supported through the programme. 93 % of them successfully transitioned into the workplace, the majority working in environmental organisations, and a smaller minority of 18 % employed in other organisations.

Interns are placed for 12 to 18 months with dedicated, trained mentors, in occupations that are critically needed, such as Environmental Economists, Marine Biologists, Energy Efficient Technicians, Water Quality Technicians, Low Carbon Urban and Regional Planners, amongst other exciting placements. They participate in three workplace-based training workshops where they engage with career planning and development, leadership development, professional profiling, team building and workplace-based skills training (eg. ethics, relationships and communication in the workplace, time management, learning from feedback).

We believe that the critical success factors include their placement with dedicated and trained mentors in specific occupations, the structured process of career planning and development and their training in specific workplace-based skills.

For more information, contact Glenda Raven, WWF South Africa.

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WWF Germany: ClimateMOOC

Together with the German Klima-Konsortium – a scientific association comprising 24 prestigious German climate research organizations–WWF Germany is now producing the ClimateMOOC, a Massive Open Online Course on Climate Change, Risks and Challenges. It will be launched online in autumn 2017.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a special form of online course that can theoretically have an unlimited number of participants. MOOCs combine traditional forms of knowledge transfer such as videos, reading materials and problem solving or exercises with forums where teachers and learners can communicate with each other. Participation is free.

Through the ClimateMOOC we would like to give students of all disciplines as well as interested educators and members of the public the opportunity to understand the scientific background of climate change and the implication on societies. Therefore, the MOOC is interdisciplinary and includes scientific basics, models and scenarios, social impacts and solution strategies.

For more information, contact Tina Harms, WWF Germany.

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WWF Belgium: Climate Challenge

Climate Challenge is a website (in Dutch and French) with a lot of information, videos and animations about climate change. The focus lies on the impact on biodiversity and people in the South. Target groups are students from 14 to 18 years old and their teachers.

With the Climate Challenge@School, we simulate an international climate conference at school. It is a role play where students represent different countries in the international climate negotiations. There are 15 different countries, divided in 5 alliances. The students have discussions about three resolutions and they have to try to come to an agreement. Not an easy task as the countries defend very different viewpoints.

During school year 2016-2017, 30 schools are participating in this project and organize a climate conference at their school with the support of WWF Belgium.

For more information, contact Sara De Winter, WWF-Belgium.

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WWF Sweden: Our city in 2030

WWF has worked a long time on ESD. What is relevant just now is Earth Hour. We have developed three teaching manuals for nursery, primary and secondary schools with a focus on energy, climate, food and consumption. There are three PDF files that are available on our website. Unfortunately, they are in Swedish, but maybe they can give some inspiration anyway.

Another material for teachers in secondary school is Our City in 2030. It focuses on climate and energy in the local municipality. The approach challenges and motivates students to become involved in community development. In the project the students take a virtual leap to 2030, when climate goals have been achieved, or are well on the way to being achieved. The task for the students is to come up with a concrete proposal for a sustainable future for the city. In order to realize what a future sustainable city might look like, students need to understand how the lifestyles and decisions of today impact ecosystems, economies and peoples around the world. Our City 2030 guides students toward a deeper understanding of future challenges and the role of cities, and strengthens preparedness at the local level.

Our City 2030 is available in English. At this website you are welcome to look at many more teaching resources in the ESD area.

For more information, contact Germund Sellgren, WWF Sweden.


WWF UK: Shaping our Future

As part of a year of climate action, the WWF UK Schools and Youth team worked with campaigns and climate colleagues to develop Shaping our Future. Over 600 UK schools have registered since November. The project offers teaching / learning resources for use with students aged 7 to 14, designed to challenge, inspire and empower young people to take action on climate change. Students explore how climate affects our world, the links to our lifestyles, and the decision makers and organisations that have the power to champion change.

Schools are also given a call to action and guidance on how to engage with their local MP through letter writing and local events, and were invited to share ‘The Future We Want’ in the form of a poster, poem or letter to the Prime Minister. The winning pupils will attend an Earth Hour Parliamentary Reception in Westminster on 28th February.

During the summer, we’ll also host 10 webinars for Secondary students in key political constituencies. They’ll have the chance to discuss the issue of climate change with WWF experts to help prepare them to take action by organising a school event with their MP.

For more information, contact Cherry Duggan, WWF UK.

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WWF India: Volunteers building opportunities for People and Planet

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. “ Margaret Mead

To bring a mass behavioral change and inspire citizens to take steps towards conservation, WWF Volunteers was launched on January 2016, in India. It is a perfect platform for individuals from different walks of life possessing different skills, to become ambassadors of environment protection.

In the last one year, WWF Volunteers has reached nearly 7,000 individuals dedicated to the cause of environment protection. With more than 3,500 active volunteers in 10 states across India, the programme has reached people beyond schools, colleges or offices.

Through its 127 projects like Water and Soil Conservation, Communities, Climate Change and Environment, Education WWF Volunteer has established itself as an essential driver for WWF conservation goals. Anup Kumar Samal, a WWF Volunteer from Delhi said, “When I volunteer, it helps me to create change for the better. But that’s not all it does - it does something for me too. When I get involved, I feel good about myself and begin to believe that I have the power to do much more.”

To celebrate its achievements and honor the volunteer change makers, three quarterly newsletters- Volunteer Diaries, have been launched to date. The programme has also established five Volunteer hubs for volunteers to ideate, identify and interpret conservation challenges.

Marching towards mass activation, WWF Volunteer looks forward to collaborate and synergize with government organisations, corporates, and NGOs. Together we can walk towards a sustainable future.

For more information, contact Radhika Suri, WWF India.

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WWF Germany: “Lynx-Ambassadors”

Ten youths between the ages of 16 and 24 will attend two specially designed workshops in order to become “Lynx-Ambassadors”. In April 2017 the first workshop will take place in Slovakia, where the youth will get to know the natural surroundings of the lynx. The second workshop will take place in the fall in the Palatinate Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Pfalzerwald) in Germany, where each year lynx from Slovakia are being resettled.

The aim is to qualify youth and motivate them to run public effective actions to inform the public and support the resettlement of lynx in Germany. In addition we want to raise public awareness against poaching, one of the major threats for of lynx in Germany.

For more information, contact Sabine Kruger, WWF Germany.

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WWF Malaysia : A hands-on training for teachers of Eco schools

The Nature Conservation Rangers (Renjer Konservasi Alam) collaborated with Perhilitan Selangor and Eco Schools Programme Malaysia under WWF Malysia to organize a Biological Diversity Camp from 22 to 24 July 2016 at Perhilitan Centre Sungai Dusun, Selangor. Attended by twenty nine teachers from nine states across Malaysia, the workshop aimed to provide first-hand knowledge on environmental education particularly environmental management.

Through the workshop, teachers were aspired to provide a more hands on approach to teaching that will encourage their students to care for the environment. Among other activities, participants were brought into the jungle where they were taught to identify species of insects, mammals, plants and salt licks. In conjuction with the World Population Day and World Tiger Day 2016, the plight of tiger species was also discussed among the participants. As the Biological Diversity Camp concluded, all participants were commissioned as trainers.

For more information, contact Johleen Koh, WWF Malaysia.

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WWF Switzerland: OPEN for Business

The One Planet Education Network for Business (“OPEN for Business”) is being launched in July 2017 at the UN Global Forum by WWF and its partners as a global initiative to accelerate the embedding of sustainability into business and management education.

OPEN for Business will build on the success that WWF has had with the One Planet MBA and One Planet Leaders programme and aims to scale participation and impact in sustainable business education. The case for WWF focusing on business education is clear: by developing a next generation of planet-minded business leaders we can accelerate the business sector’s ability to make a positive contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

In order to achieve impact at scale rapidly, OPEN for Business aims to work in partnership with progressive business schools to support their embedding of sustainability into their education programmes. This requires practical tools to support their leadership, faculty and programme development, as well as to challenge, recognise and promote the progress on sustainable business education being made by them. The global WWF network can help “OPEN for Business” recruit business schools through their local networks. Click here to see the schools we’re targeting around the world - let us know via the document if you can help.

For more information, contact Franziska Zoller, WWF Switzerland.

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WWF US: Training and funding opportunities for 2017

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever to invest in scientists, especially those from ecologically important places around the globe. In 2017, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is supporting scientists and conservation leaders throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America to get the skills they need to address conservation challenges in their home countries.

In addition to providing support for training through the Professional Development and Conservation Workshop Grant programs, EFN is also offering Train Fellowships for master’s or PhD students focused on a number of critical topics and regions. This year’s topics include Climate Adaptation, Food Security, Whale Sharks, Mozambique Conservation, Myanmar Conservation, and support for Current and Aspiring Faculty. The deadline to apply for Train Fellowships is March 1st, 2017.

For more information about each funding opportunity, please visit our site.

For more information, contact Andrea Santy, WWF US.

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WWF Germany: New Youth Website

The German WWF Youth website was relaunched with a new emphasis on communication and exchange. The aim is to more actively involve young people in exchanging ideas about nature conservation and to increasingly motivate them to become active themselves through their lifestyle, actions and financial support of WWF.

For more information, contact Sabine Kruger, WWF Germany.