Society for Sustainable Development Design is implementing the project “My effective school 7” in the Elementary School Lovre pl. Matačić “. The project is implemented with the financial support of the City Office of Economy, Energy and Environmental Protection of the City of Zagreb from April 1 to December 31, 2021. Objective of the project is to effectively bring students closer to topics related to climate change through educational games.

 

In the scope of the project “My Effective School 7”, DOOR conducted a short survey among teachers and students who participated in lectures as part of last year’s “My Effective School 6” project. The aim of the short research was to investigate the impact of the “My Effective School 6” project on students and teachers; more specifically what they have learned, what has interested them most and how we can bring young people more effectively closer to topics such as sustainable energy, global warming and greenhouse gases, reducing our own carbon footprint and mitigating climate change.

Students from 5th to 7th grade participated in this short research. All students confirmed that the lecture was interesting, that they learned something new and that they now know more about these topics, with 80% of students saying they want to know more about these topics, 92% would recommend the lecture to someone else, 76% of them talked to their friends or parents about these topics after the lecture, and 48% of them went after the lecture to look for more information on these topics.

Topics that were most interesting to them in the lectures were:

64% of students stated that they were interested in the mentioned topics before the lecture, and that even after the lecture those topics became even more interesting to them. Students were informed about climate change topics in the following ways:

To the question: About what would you warn your friends/parents given what you have learned in the lecture?”, most students answered that they would warn them about environmental pollution and the effects of climate change and responsible behavior towards nature. They would also tell them that they had to reduce their own carbon footprint, sort and recycle waste and use as little energy as possible. It is especially interesting that students would recommend to other people that they need to be more interested in these topics. They would also warn them to beware of infectious diseases when traveling in warmer regions, to use cars as little as possible and not to buy too much, to use fewer plastic bags (or not to use them at all), as well as to consume less water and watch more how they behave towards Earth as it becomes increasingly ill due to ill-treatment.

 

After the lectures within the project “My effective school 6”, students applied the acquired knowledge by helping to preserve the environment and nature by separating and recycling waste in homes and parks, not using plastic bags and separating the rest of fruit and vegetable waste into compost. They have also helped mitigate climate change by reducing water and electricity consumption, and by cycling and consuming less meat to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Teachers are also mostly satisfied with the lectures and find them interesting and useful and they suggest that topics such as ‘Forms of energy in my home’, ‘How to reduce energy consumption?’, ‘How can I help reduce climate change?’, ‘Global warming and greenhouse gases ‘and ‘Adaptation to climate change’ should be more represented in the school curriculum.

For more effective knowledge acquisition, they suggest that lectures need to have more everyday examples from students’ lives and that they should be held more frequently, including practical workshops on the same topic, also using multimedia content, especially short videos on climate change and everyday harmful habits that affect climate change, and brochures.