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The Greta Generation - how Swedish students start learning about the environment in pre-school 10, 202002

By ITS Education Asia

Greta Thunberg, a young teenager from Sweden, is now the widely-known face of the world-wide environmental movement, but in Sweden, young people have long been champions of the environment.

Caring for the environment is integrated into every aspect of the day for students at the Sweden, where bright classrooms are decorated with world maps and images of animals. Students scrape their leftover lunch off reusable dishes into a compost container, remove their shoes at the door before entering and learn about the impact of plastic pollution on oceans.

Unlike many countries Sweden has wholly addresses environmentalism across many subjects and isn’t compressed into a single course. Environmentalism is taught from science to home economics, and in every grade beginning in preschool. Given the breadth of the instruction, the interest in environmentalism isn’t a surprise to teachers, but the level of action that young people are taking is.

Hong Kong, in comparison, is lacking in environmental science programs, so do you think Hong Kong should follow the path of Sweden and integrate environmentalism in our education? Let us know your thought in the comments section.


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"Greta Thunberg at the Parliament" by European Parliament under licensed by (CC BY 2.0)

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