As part of the preparation to celebrate World Children’s Day, UNICEF is inviting teachers and students in Romania to participate in the "World Largest Lesson"

By November 22, tens of thousands of students across the country will be able to take part in a course dedicated to fighting climate change, along with young people from around the world

16 November 2020

BUCHAREST, November 16, 2020. In the context of the International Day of the Rights of the Child, celebrated worldwide on November 20, UNICEF in Romania is inviting teachers and students in Romania to join the global initiative "World Largest Lesson". Until November 22, with the help of materials provided by UNICEF, teachers will hold an hour of education about the actions we can take against climate change.

Climate change is a topic of great interest to children and young people, who have repeatedly expressed concern about the future of the planet and the generations they belong to. This year's environmental protection theme responds to the global demand from teachers to have teaching materials adapted to this subject, but also as a result of the growing interest of the authorities to include in the school curriculum education for sustainable development.

The Romanian students who will take part in The World’s Largest Lesson will discuss a current and important environmental topic. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase in the amounts of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) used globally has generated an additional source of pollution. And in Romania improperly disposed masks and gloves can become a health and environmental problem alike.

Children will learn how to dispose of these materials responsibly, safely for both humans and nature. They will also be guided to come up with ideas for collective actions so that in their localities there are no more such objects discarded at random. Based on the lesson plan that will guide them, step by step, teachers and students will identify ways to inform their community about the risks of improper disposal of personal protective equipment and to encourage responsible behavior in this regard.

"The coronavirus pandemic has endangered children's education from the beginning, and the danger has become even more evident in recent weeks and days, with the increase in the number of infections and the starting of the red scenario in schools across the country. In this context, UNICEF invites students and teachers to join millions of other children and teachers around the world, who are equally affected by this pandemic, in a unique approach, on the occasion of the upcoming anniversary of World Children's Day, through which they can learn how to rebuild a cleaner and safer world for present and future generations", said Pieter Bult, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

UNICEF provides teachers and students with free resources to learn about concrete actions against climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals included in the 2030 Agenda, and responsible ways to manage the personal protective equipment we need in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course support is designed in an interactive visual format, easily accessible to children and adapted for online teaching.

The resources for the largest lesson in the world can be used by teachers in the future as teaching materials for continuing education programs aimed at protecting the environment.

The teaching materials for the lesson are available on the qie.ro platform. By accessing the link www.qie.ro/drepturilecopilului/ teachers can register and download support materials. After the lesson, teachers are asked to upload photos and other resulting materials. At this stage, the certificate of participation will be issued in electronic format.

Participating in the world largest lesson, children and teachers in Romania join a global community of young people eager to contribute to the changes needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by UN member states. Last year, millions of children worldwide participated in "The World’s Largest Lesson."

Every year, on November 20, to mark the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF celebrates World Children's Day globally. It is a day of action for children, by children, a fun day, but with a serious message. In 2020, amid the problems that have affected all countries of the world, it is essential that the younger generations remain involved in promoting and respecting their rights.

More details about the World Children’s Day, November 20, are available on the UNICEF website in Romania.

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