Education | Green infrastructure

Climate-friendly school

In January 2022, we started the implementation of a two-year project. It aims to deepen the knowledge of primary school students and teachers about the role of blue-green infrastructure in adapting to climate change. In partnership with the Warsaw – Wawer District Office and PS Paaby Prosess – Edu_Action from Norway, we will create an education centre for the people in the city.

Aim of the project

Wawer is the largest district of Warsaw in terms of area. It is often affected by severe flooding resulting from sudden rains. The project involves comprehensive rainwater management using blue and green infrastructure around primary school no. 195. As a result to solve the problem of immediate floods in the areas adjacent to the school. In addition, the project partners will use the model development of the school area to conduct educational and information activities on the role of nature-based solutions (NBS) in adapting urban areas to climate change. Promoting solutions that are easy to duplicate will allow the dissemination of their use in other educational institutions and by Warsaw inhabitants.

What will happen within the project?

We will create a demonstration system of NBS along with an educational path on mitigation and adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change. All work will be participatory, with the engagement of the entire school community. Teachers interested in the subject, from Warsaw schools and the whole country, will be able to take advantage of the free training program, lesson scenarios and publications. We will end all activities in October 2023. Below we present the most important events:

Workshops for teachers and students of school no. 195 (March 2022)

The first activity under the project will be the implementation of workshops for teachers working in primary school No. 195. During the meetings, teachers will learn about good practices of educational activities from Poland and Norway, enabling them to create lesson scenarios on adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Then, based on the prepared lesson plans, we will conduct thematic activities in 22 classes, introducing the school community to the subject of the project.

Consultation with the school community (Spring 2022)

Students and teachers will participate in participatory design workshops, working with architects on the NBS for school premises, such as a rain garden connected to a bench and a pocket park.

The concepts developed during the workshops will be subject to consultation with the school community, making it possible to collect feedback on the projects and consider the expectations of the users of the area.

Climate-friendly school – design and implementation of NBS (March-June 2022)

We will use the results of the workshops and the consultation process to prepare detailed designs for all NBS and small architecture. NBS will be constructed in cooperation with the Wawer District Office and the school community. In total, we will implement 45 different NBS at the school premises. In addition, there will be rain gardens, rainwater tanks, flower meadows, green walls and roofs, unsealing and pocket parks. We will complete all facilities with students and teachers in autumn 2022. Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the various stages of NBS construction. In addition, they will learn how to maintain them in the future.

Lesson scenarios and educational publication (December 2022 – February 2023)

Based on the experience gained in the project, we will develop the following:

  • lesson scenarios on the use of NBS to adapt and mitigate climate change, along with task cards for younger and older children;
  • a guide on implementing NBS at schools and using them in educational activities will be delivered to primary schools in Warsaw and all over Poland.

Trail, picnic and information activities (Spring 2023)

The educational path will present model solutions created at the school. Therefore, all its users will be able to find out how individual facilities function and what they are for and get detailed instructions on implementing similar solutions on their own. Furthermore, during an educational picnic, we will promote the solutions presented on the path among the Wawer inhabitants.

The school grounds will become a place for further education in adapting and mitigating climate change for students of other Warsaw schools.

Teacher training program (April – May 2023)

A two-stage training program on teaching about the role of NBS in the adaptation and mitigation of climate change will be addressed to teachers and school managers from all over Poland. It will consist of a monthly e-learning course and stationary workshops.

Project team

Judyta Łuczyńska – project coordinator (judyta.luczynska@sendzimir.org.pl)

Barbara Surmacz-Dobrowolska – financial project coordinator (barbara.surmacz.dobrowolska@sendzimir.org.pl)

The project “Climate-friendly school. Model Center for Urban Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Education” benefits from a € 271,660 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA funding under the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Program; program area: Climate. The aim of the project is to deepen the knowledge of students and teachers about the effects of climate change and methods of adapting to them.

It will run from January 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023.

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