In December 2016, after more than 3 years of intensive cooperation with the Ministry of Education (the MINOWC), the department for Curriculum Development officially made the commitment to include the materials and lessons of the Green School in the natural science curriculum, as a practical addition to the current curriculum.
Presentations given by the project coordinator at the MINOWC and a field orientation study by the Curriculum Development department have clearly demonstrated that the primary schools need the lessons from the Green School.
A start was made in 2018 with the adoptions of the lessons through the Second Basic Education Improvement Program (BEIP 2). The lessons of the Green School will be included in the natural science curriculum of the fourth, fifth and sixth grade of the primary schools. The development process will last until mid-2020.
Spinoffs of the Green School
The “The Green School” project has had several positive spin-offs during the implementation phase. That is, in addition to the planned activities. Due to the successesof the Green School, various additional activities have taken place.
To mention some among others:
1. Addition of two environmental books to the teaching materials of the Green School in 2015, namely:
a. “Thula”; is about a curious Snowy Egret (Sabaku) and is written by Ineke Oudekerk.
b. “I don’t want plastic in my soup”; is about plastic pollution and is written by Monique Bruining.
2. Addition of trilogy environmental booklets to the teaching material of the Green School in 2018.
a. The books are all about protecting our biodiversity and are intended for classes 1, 2 and 3. The books are written by Marijke Waagmeester (Matoeja).
3. Participation in the training sessions of the project “The green lesson box”, in which the teachers of the media libraries were trained on how to use and teach the lessons of the Green School.
4. The project “Sustainable plastic collection campaign in the village Pikin Slee (Upper Suriname – Sipaliwini)”, a collaboration between the Green School (represented by SUWAMA) and the Liembo Teego Foundation (represented by Mr. Lindie Aboikonie). The aim of the project was to motivate the residents of Pikin Slee to separate waste and rid the village of plastic waste by placing waste bins and big bags and organizing training and cleaning campaigns. The aim was to protect the biodiversity and health of the residents. The local school and the environmental brigades of the Green School were involved and made responsible for the collection of the waste. The project was carried out in close collaboration with the children of the school in the village and the traditional authority and it lasted from 2018 until February 2019.
The good results and the spin-off effects were not only achieved thanks to the good cooperation between the Green School and MINOWC, but above all also because of the good cooperation and support that the schools have given fully to SUWAMA and its team.
Currently the lessons of the Green School are being adjusted so that they can readily be included in the curriculum.