Mr. Brown's 4th Class
784 primary school students from 26schools nationwide had the opportunity to learn about climate change during Science Week, thanks to expert volunteers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A further 460 students will participate in the workshop during this school year bringing the total student reach to 1,200.
23 EPA volunteers guided students through virtual climate change workshops over the course of Science Week. These workshops were developed by Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) in conjunction with the EPA and were delivered online as part of an exciting, blended learning experience.
Through hands-on activities students analysed their carbon footprint and completed an energy audit of the classroom, allowing them to evaluate the human impact of their class. The students learned that Irish people have amongst the highest greenhouse gas emissions level per person in the developed world.
However, once they understood their impact, the students were then able to brainstorm ways in which they could collectively and individually reduce their impact on climate change.
Niamh Hatchell of the EPA Communications Office said:“The education of young people on the importance of climate action and the environmental impact of daily activities needs to be a priority. The EPA is delighted to partner with Junior Achievement Ireland during science week in order to create environmental awareness among primary school children participating in JA programmes in schools around the country. The workshops are fun and an inventive way of engaging with these important issues at primary school level.”
The EPA Climate Change and Youworkshop is just one of many opportunities afforded to students, thanks to the EPA’s support of JAI since 2016. In that time 184 EPA volunteers have reached 4,603 young people through Junior Achievement (JA) programmes designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.16
Helen Raftery, CEO of JAI, said: “The educational value of students working with role models and getting the chance to learn from them is well-established. Thanks to the EPA, almost 800 students had an exciting opportunity to experience environmental issues brought to life in a real and meaningful way. We are grateful to both our partner schools and the 23EPA volunteers that helped us to communicate these important messages to young people all over the country.”
For further information:
Please contact: Aoife Kelly, Junior Achievement Ireland
About Junior Achievement Ireland:
Junior Achievement (JA) programmes facilitated by business volunteers encourage young people to remain in education and help them develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. Working with schools and business partners, JA programmes promote work readiness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and the value of studying STEM.
Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) utilises the experience of those already in the workforce to help children of all ages to fully understand the important role that education will play in shaping their futures. JA business volunteers are recruited, trained, vetted, equipped and supported to deliver hands-on learning experiences that empower students to make connections between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.
JAI is part of a worldwide organisation reaching out to over 12 million young people each year. It was established in Ireland in 1996 and since then has built up a strong demand from schools throughout the country and created successful partnerships with over 170 leading organisations.
About the EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. We ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.
Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and we work with a number of organisations that carry out specific environmental functions. As of August 2014, we are also responsible for ensuring that the people of Ireland are protected from the harmful effects of radiation.
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