National curricula to include environmental education

Jordan

Published: 2017-09-05 12:45

Last Updated: 2017-09-05 15:58


Cabins designated for eco-tourism are increasingly popular in Ajloun's forests. (Photo Credit: Wild Jordan)
Cabins designated for eco-tourism are increasingly popular in Ajloun's forests. (Photo Credit: Wild Jordan)

According to the Ministry of Environment, topics like climate change, forest protection, energy consumption, and waste management will be taught to schoolchildren. 

Officials in the Ministry aim to achieve a higher sense of public awareness towards the environment. A special committee was formed in order to discuss which environmental topics are most pressing to the Kingdom. 

“The national education system should incorporate environmental education to acquaint students with the elements of the environment, the threats they face and ways to protect nature in a problem-solving approach,” said Minister of Environment Issa Shboul to the Jordan Times.

Other topics include electronic waste, green economy, sustainable development and air pollution, among other issues that the committee deems of priority, Shboul noted.

“It is of the utmost importance to teach children at a young age about the environment, its threats and how to protect it. Instilling ethical responsibility towards nature at children means creating a future generation that places environment protection as the priority,” stated Shboul. 

The new curriculum will be target six/seventh graders and up, and is expected to be incorporated into the school system as of the 2018-2019 academic school year.