Iranian School Curricula to Incorporate Environmental Awareness

Iranian Department of Environment Protection is developing a plan to incorporate environmental concepts in school curricula acros the country in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

in the first phase of the project, 2000 teachers will be trained and given the role of environmental facilitators in country’s schools.

He added that the project aims at increasing the ecological knowledge of students and communicating a sense of responsibility for the environment. This training includes the recognition of the natural and human environment, natural landscape of each province, unique features of Iran and Asia, degree of fragility of each ecosystem as well as appropriate modes of interaction with nature. The project also promotes use of new forms of renewable energy, conservation of energy in schools and reduction of paper usage by encouraging use of electronic systems and the internet.

Teaching environmental concepts to students has never been implemented in a systematic and nationwide form in Iran.

The Department of Environmental Protection has focused on the teaching of fundamental environment concepts in schools as an effective way to improve the country’s environmental performance. Environment experts are hoping that education would lead to a rise in public awareness and greater participation of citizens in the protection of the environment.

The latest Yale University assessments ranks Iran’s Environmental Performance index at the 83rd spot amongst 178 countries across the world and according to Iran’s head of Department of Environment the country’s EPI has been in a freefall in recent years.

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