This project funds start-up environmental stewardship projects around the world designed by teachers and students working with local communities experiencing environmental challenges. Teachers in the Greenworks program complete professional development after which they qualify for financial support for their students' projects. This fund raises money to support teachers in new cohorts. Currently, we are raising funding for Cohort 2, who will be training in late 2024 and deploying in 2025.
Students are ready to change the world, especially in targeting environmental problems like climate change and plastic pollution. However, our textbook- and lecture-focused science classrooms aren't preparing them to act. This problem is especially prevalent in the Global South, where teacher-centered instructional methods still dominate and environmental problems are acute. We need to help our students transform the science they learn into effective action to benefit their communities now.
The Greenworks program is building a global environmental stewardship classroom. In this classroom, students learn Project Design, transforming their initial inspiration for change into a well-formed plan of action and evaluation. Additionally, we teach teachers how to deploy this curriculum and monitor student progress, allowing us to help teachers globally modernize their teaching methodology. Classrooms in the program exchange strategies, technologies, and support to amplify their impact.
The Greenworks Global Classroom is building a global network of students and teachers who want to make impactful environmental changes in their communities right now. As the program grows, we expect to not only empower youths to change the world around them, but to also help redevelop the educational support system around them so it can better support them in their efforts. We anticipate building a robust community of changemakers and makers/hackers that spans the world.