Green Garden project brings climate literacy to kindergartens in Azerbaijan

23 May 2024
Green Garden Project education session
UNICEF/2024/Mammad Aliyev

BAKU, Azerbaijan, 24 May 2024 – Azerbaijan is set to launch an innovative project designed to teach young children about climate change and sustainability from an early age.

Launching in May 2024, the ‘Green Garden’ initiative aims to cultivate strong environmental knowledge and responsibility among preschool children and educators. It is part of collaborative efforts to develop tailored educational resources for children aged four and over, spearheaded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Education, the State Agency on Preschool and General Education and Ag Yelkan Methodology Centre.

Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape children’s attitudes towards the environment and build a foundation for their future. Research shows that young children are more receptive to forming habits and attitudes that last a lifetime.

That is why experts involved in the project will create and test a variety of exercises and learning materials to help teachers to explain to young children the importance of environmental awareness. Through arts and crafts, teachers will introduce concepts of climate change and sustainability in an interactive manner. They will also collaborate with experts to produce and publish a collection of fairy tales that explain the risks of climate change and ways to mitigate them. These stories aim to make the topic accessible and engaging for young children.

Children will have the chance to conduct hands-on experiments to demonstrate the greenhouse effect, melting ice caps and the impact of plastic waste, while nature play will help them to foster a deeper appreciation and sense of responsibility towards the environment.

The ‘Green Garden’ project will initially be implemented in selected preschools in Baku and Absheron, with plans to expand to other regions in 2025.

With Baku set to host the Conference of Parties (COP29) in November 2024, the country is advocating for climate literacy and climate education, and working to actively engage children in sustainability practices from a young age, with the help of partners including UNICEF.

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