Creating behavioral changes amongst the Jordanian public and decision makers alike was the overall objective of the Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (PAP), a USAID funded program in which, amongst others, the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) participated. As a subcontractor, we offered consultation on a teacher training program to the QRTA, to integrate environmental education in schools. This included developing class-room resources on environmental ethics and education.
The resources produced target grades 4,6 and 9 and include an Environmental Education and Ethics framework for teachers, a teachers’ guide and a students’ workbook. The material uses an innovative framework for environmental ethics developed by local experts. The classroom unit plan employs critical thinking and a problem solving approach. Interdisciplinary teaching methods link environmental issues to other subject matters, making learning an authentic and contextualized real life experience. By the end of the unit, students are able to develop real community based projects and are able to take action for environmental change.