“Green Clubs” are one of the innovative ways that USAID’s Basic Education Program is getting students to be more active in their learning, engaging students in practical projects which develop problem-solving competences, creative and entrepreneurial thinking, communication and ICT skills, and involve the use of modern educational technology. These are all key elements of the new Kosovo curriculum.
On 17th January, the students of the Green Club at “Hilmi Rakovica” Primary School in Pristina invited parents and guests to see their work on environmental issues and recycling. Their guests included, Shpetim Rudi, the Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Environmental and Spatial Planning (MESP), Inez Andrews, USAID Senior Education Advisor and Basic Education Program representatives. The students led by their teacher, Jehona Oruqi, presented a program which included:
- an art exhibition featuring objects and designs made from recycled paper, as well as posters on environmental issues;
- video films made by the students to highlight environmental issues;
- a demonstration of the recycling systems for paper and waste plastic bottles implemented by the “Green Club”, which sells them to a recycling company, and
- a short play performed by the students.
Jehona explained to the guests how the school had struck a deal with a local recycling company whereby, in return for collecting waste paper, the students will receive special card which they will turn into puzzles as part of a mini-business activity.
Camera teams from two national TV stations, Klan Kosova and RTK, filmed the proceedings and the young actors were asked to repeat their play for the cameras. The message of the play was that living in a more environmentally friendly way is not difficult but requires small changes in thinking, collective behavior and individual, day-to-day practices. Small changes can make a big difference.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the program initiatives and expressed his Ministry’s readiness for cooperation in joint environmental programs and supporting schools in their recycling and environmental activities. USAID’s representative expressed her gratitude to the students for their excellent work and their enthusiasm to take action and bring positive change to their society.
Following the Green Club presentation the guests visited the school’s Technology Room, which has been equipped with modern educational technology by USAID and saw students involved in robotics, control technology and other exciting computer use. The teacher and students told their guests that they were so excited by the new science and technology activities introduced by USAID’s program that they recently came into school for a whole Saturday to work on a science project.
USAID’s Basic Education Program is providing equipment and support to other schools which want to form Green Clubs and undertake recycling and environmental activities. You can learn more about this and other BEP activities at bep-ks.org or www.facebook.com/bepkosovo .