June 11, 2009
Education for saving energy at school and at home
Summary of the case
The aim of the project was to reduce energy use in school buildings and homes by teaching children efficient use of energy, RES and efficiency in transport through hands-on and experimental activities. The project advocates that children can be important resources in their own education rather than passive receivers of information. Expected results were increased knowledge and awareness, behaviour change as well as actual energy savings in participating school buildings and in the homes of the involved actors (children and educators).
The main outcome was the development of an educational package on active learning (AL) and energy monitoring (EM) for use in primary schools. The material was replicated from European best practice experience and was adapted to national conditions. The pedagogical quality was secured through active involvement of educators in all phases of the project. The tool was tested through implementation in 10 schools per participating country and was adjusted according to experiences made. Experiences were discussed and success criteria identified. The results were assessed by an evaluation in the pilot schools. Implementation of AL and EM is estimated to have resulted in 10-14% energy savings where applied.
The project mapped relevant energy curricula and identified, tested and evaluated possible strategies for wide integration of AL and EM activities. The aim was to pave the way for integration of AL and EM with the national energy curricula so as to ensure self-supportive and long-term effects. Involvement of school authorities on a high level was ensured through Letters of Intent. Also the establishment of national and international networks among energy and school actors (Advisory Groups, Educational Network) ensured lasting impacts. Close cooperation and coordination with Kids Corner/ManagEnergy and existing networks like FEE/Eco-Schools and SPARE also ensured widespread dissemination of the educational material and experiences made.