We see green shoots – Mainstreaming Sustainability in Local Primary School Curriculum
“It has always been our wish to mainstream environmental education in the local education system. Every little step brings us closer to that goal,” said Angela Lam, Education Manager, WWF-Hong Kong. “We are glad that the Quality Education Fund agrees with our vision and has supported us in this three-year programme, resulting in successful cases of how to build a more sustainable primary school.”
The programme is based on the whole school approach. “Every teacher must have a sustainability mindset that is integrated into everyday life and in daily teaching,” said Ms Chan Mei Kuen Sylvia, Chairperson of WWF Education Committee.
“Mainstreaming Sustainability into Local Primary School Curriculum” is a three-year programme that WWF-Hong Kong has introduced together with 12 primary schools. Here’s a closer look at some of the key areas of the whole-school approach.
“The pupil in focus” and “Learning and teaching”
Apart from signature education activities designed to fit various grade students, WWF encouraged participating schools to develop their own environmental education to integrate in their curriculum. One school teacher pioneered a project learning activity for Primary 4 students on marine litter, by merging outdoor learning and STEM elements with support from WWF.
“The pupil in focus” and “School premises and resources management”
A group of students from several schools developed the initiative “Agent Green” following some training. With support from school management, one initiative involved introducing a fast-track measure in the school tuck shop to discourage students from using single-use cutlery. The outcomes met the programme’s goal and we can expect to see more such cases in the future. As a result, we believe it’s only a matter of time before environmental education becomes part of the mainstream curriculum.
“Learning and teaching” and “School culture and ethos”
One of the key successes in this programme is how teachers and school management from different schools are learning from each other. “We learn a lot from the workshops and interflow with partner schools. As fellow teachers working in the same school, it can sometimes be difficult getting good ideas from the outside. I am happy to exchange ideas with teachers in other schools to gain new insights,” said Ms Kwok Wing Yee from Chung Sing School. WWF looks forward to seeing more passionate teachers join this learning circle and lead the development of sustainable education in Hong Kong schools.
There are many other noteworthy models from the programme that other schools can learn from. To find out more, join our sharing session (26 January) and teacher workshop (30 January). Participants will receive a copy of our QEF Best Practice Booklet. Enrol now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QEFsharing