11.04.2011 -

Educational resource kit for mountainous regions

UNESCOEducational resource kit for mountainous regions

A teaching resource kit designed for people living in mountainous regions proposes some original projects, such as creating a “treasure collection” using natural objects like stones, seeds, leaves and even soil samples; making a mosaic out of plants, reflecting the typical flora of mountain areas; or learning to recognise animal tracks.

The kit was produced recently by the UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences and its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB). It includes a manual for teachers and an activity book to be completed by pupils, using a fun and engaging approach so that 10 to 15 year-olds living in mountainous areas can learn about their environment and its specific issues, such as soil erosion. Its contents have been designed as part of the activities for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

The kit is available in English and French and is being distributed by the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), which comprises nearly 9,000 schools in 180 countries. It follows a similar resource kit on drylands that was published in four languages in 2008 by the MAB Programme and distributed worldwide.

Free PDF versions are available online in English, French and Spanish.

UNESCO is very grateful for the generous financial contribution from the Flemish Government of Belgium which has made possible the preparation and production of the kit.

Teachers interested in the kit should contact the project team: Thomas Schaaf (t.schaaf(at)unesco.org), Chief, Section of Ecological and Biodiversity, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, MAB Programme.  

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