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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Ministry of Education Youth and Information (MOEYI) collaborated to provide environmental education to over 700 primary school teachers at the grade four to six level, through the NEPA Junior Environment Programme (NJEP).

From July 28 to August 11, 2020, teachers were be exposed to a 15-hour self-paced online training course titled, “Planning and Delivering Environmental Topics in the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) Science and Social Studies Units.” Delivered using Google Classroom, the five-unit course covered: Ecosystems, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, the Atmosphere, specifically the Ozone Layer and 5Es (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) Lesson Planning. Resources were also provided to the teachers based on the topics covered.

This course forms part of the Jamaica Teaching Council’s (JTC) 2020-2021 Matrix of Teacher Empowerment Opportunities for In-Service Teachers. It was implemented by a team of Education Officers from the MOEYI’s Core Curriculum Unit and NEPA technical officers. Upon completion of the course, teachers receive a Certificate of Completion from the JTC.

Ava Tomlinson, Senior Public Education and Community Outreach Officer, NEPA, explained, “the NJEP was conceptualised in 2019 and designed to impart expert and updated information and resources on the thematic areas of the NSC related to the NEPA’s mandate – to manage and protect Jamaica’s land, wood, air and water. We will continue to support the Ministry provision of environmental education to teachers and students.”

About the NJEP

The NJEP is a partnership between NEPA and the MOEYI, through which hands-on training and instruction is provided to teachers and students at the grade 4-6 levels. The NJEP has three primary components, teacher training, student engagement and teaching resource provision. Approximately 175 teachers and 1600 students were engaged during the 2019-2020 school year.

Through the NJEP, the Agency has also provided resources on environmental topics, which are available online and have been made available to schools through the MOEYI’s Media Services Unit.

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