Since March 2021, Belovodsk Lyceum “Leader” has been holding regular classes with students of grades 9 to 11 for the environmental project “Climate Change and Us”.
In these classes, working in groups, students emphasized that climate change is a global challenge, which means that to overcome it, the whole world must work together. We noticed that in order for people in power to hear and understand us, we need to be able to use our voice. If we are good speakers and can tell interesting stories, we can make our leaders better understand who we are and what changes we need. Thanks to the Internet, we have the opportunity to tell our story to people from other cities, districts, regions and even around the world. Perhaps without our history, they would never know what kind of people live in our community, how they live and what problems they face due to climate change. People living in regions with cold climates may think that global warming is good – because the hot weather is not so bad for them. But if they are aware of the damage that drought and too hot weather can do in other countries, they will be able to better understand and empathize.
When we empathize with others, it is easier for us to work together and achieve great things. That’s why it’s so important to know how to tell stories – to inspire empathy.
The history of every citizen is important.
The students worked on three questions to which they had to find answers.
What was one of the important and significant experiences that influenced who they became? Within 10-15 minutes, the students had the opportunity to respond to them.
Have you had experience monitoring climate change? How has this affected your community? Is the weather different from when you were a child?
To build a better future, we must first imagine ourselves there. What would the world look like for you? What are your dreams for a sustainable world, where communities are strong and peaceful, where we can not only continue our traditions, but also innovate? What might the dream community look like to you (which is strong before climate change)? What role can you play to make this dream come true? At the end of the allotted time, those interested had the opportunity to talk about what they would like to share. The students told their unexpected life stories. The audience was very moved by the story of a boy-immigrant from the city of Luhansk. Some students shared experiences that influenced their worldview. Each student had his own story, which has a great impact on personal vision of the world. The answers were varied: from their own experience of participating in various environmental projects to the stories of their loved ones and friends. In this way, the project participants learned more about each other, and we hope that in the future it will help them get closer to overcoming global problems.
Greetings from Rapla Vesiroosi Kool (Rapla Waterlily School)!
Our small hometown Rapla is located in Central Estonia, not far (56 km) from Tallinn and it is green and cosy.
At our school there are students 7-16 years old and altogether more than 500 hundred students and about 60 teachers.
Our school is well-known in many movements in Estonia: Nature and environment, Health, Career, Sporty movement for students, Global education, Drama studies, music groups(singers and musicians), the partnership with Soldino school from Narva is definitely one of our favourite projects. We are eager to communicate with new partners worldwide as well. We are proud of our Students` Council and its activities for the whole school (quizizz, newspaper and thematic days).
Sustainable projects are dedicated to nature and environment. Not only outdoor activities, but also the topics are integrated into the lessons in the timetable. The group of students who participate in the project are mostly from Form9, but there are younger students as well.
The project is important because we have nature and environment themes in the lessons. Our school works together with the Environmental centre and students in classes have nature trips. The World Cleanup Day has always been important and popular in our school. We have already noticed some climate changes. It would be interesting to share the stories with other participants.
Here are some photos of our World Cleanup activities:
And this is how our school looks like: Some pictures are of the nature around our school and some from inside the school)
We are students from Rwamwanja BTVET Centre, Uganda. Our school is located in western Uganda and we are about 250 students both male and female ,Refugees and host communities. We are studying hands on skills in different courses such as AVET (Agriculture Vocational Education Training), Hairdressing, Tailoring, Mechanics, Blacksmith and Sandal making plus Computer skills. Our school is within Rwamwanja refugee camp where climate change has become a big challenge to us and natives at large. The weather condition in this place has totally changed in this case, we have been receiving rainfall in early February but now we are receiving little in late March. This is a very big problem because the biggest percentage of Us rely on Agricultural activities. Now it is high time as young students to focus on climate change and its effects, so that we learn about climate in and what we can do to help mitigate its negative effects.
We are happy and excited to participate in this project because climate change affects our daily life regardless of everyone’s status of living. We shall do whatever is possible to collect different stories on climate change and how it affects the people in the community, and there we shall come up with ideas on how we can control these negative effects of climate change.
Together with the community we can make the world a better place for mankind by creating a very strong awareness of our environment and controlling the activities that lead to negative climate change in the world.
Below are some of the negative effects of climate change that are affecting us as a community and individuals.
Last year 2020, there was a shortage of rain and as a result, farmers’ crops were severely depleted, so food was very expensive,
Farmers even now do not know the best time to plant crops, because the summer has changed its course,
Cutting down trees for firewood reduces rainfall,
Climate change leads to poor infrastructure development Such as roads, houses and hospitals, especially during rainy season,
Climate have led to famine outbreak especially in mountainous area which have led to death of many peoples and animals leading to low population.
Students Discussing their Climate and Us Topics as a group after the first session of the project (Group Two)
Today we can introduce students from Kongo Junior High School from Nabdam district in Ghana.
In this video students from Kongo JHS introduce themselves and share their ideas about climate change. In Kongo community the biggest problems caused by climate change are extreme heat, land degradation and unpredictable rainfall. As a result of bush burning and wood logging many trees in the area have been destroyed which makes the situation with climate change even more difficult.
Kongo JHS students had a great first workshop on climate change and are eager to learn more. 🙂
Fatima Zahra primary school of ADVS is situated in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. This school has around 280 students. The girls who are participating in the climate change project are 15 students from Fatima Zahra school who are currently studying here. They are aged 14 to 15 years old and live at the Hada internally displaced persons’ camp which is located near the school.
The students feel that climate change is a highly important issue for them because extreme weather instances impact the lives of people living in the IDP camp very much. For example dirty lakes and water pollution around the school makes it difficult to get clean water. At the camp, burning coal in winter season for heating the rooms is a big problem for air quality and extreme weather and increasing temperatures in the summer are impacting the lives of people more and more.
The students in the group had their first sessions of Climate Change and Us project where they got to know more about the harmful effects of climate change. They are eager to learn more about it and start collecting stories from their community.
We are students from Tamsalu Gymnasium, Estonia. Our school is located in northeastern Estonia and has about 400 students. We study global education where we learn about global problems including climate change. Our sister school is Eubere High School in Kenya. We have focused on climate change in our video and are interested in learning more about Kenya’s and other countries’ viewpoints on this subject. We believe that people should talk about climate change to make others aware of the severity of this issue. We must take care of our planet while we are still young and able to do so as we have to live here for the rest of our lives. We also have to protect the planet for the sake of younger generations who will live here one day. Everybody has the responsibility of keeping Earth alive.
Since the beginning of year 2021 we have been working hard to start the activities for our new school network project called “Climate Change and Us”. Young people from Estonia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Ukraine will be looking into how climate change affects them and their communities. We will collect stories about climate change, learn about storytelling and video editing and share these stories with our peers from other countries. Learning about the effects of climate change on the world will help us take action against it together.
So let’s start learning and sharing what we know with others. We’re all excited to get to know each other better. 🙂
Here is a video of Dispat Alambe’s day in East Mumias area, Kenya. Dispat is a 13-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. He is a very good student and his favourite subject in school is maths, in his free time he likes to play football and study.
Music by Dungwa Sindano Rev: Charles Jangalason
Videos filmed by Panagiota Afaloniati and edited by Triinu Tulva.