GEA - China
Update, June 1999
By the time Chinese schools closed for
the summer in August, 1999, 18 of the original 33 schools had finished the
entire course on Water Conservation, while the others will resume in the
autumn by teaching the remaining chapters. Teachers not only used the methods
and skills learned from American teachers this past February, but explored
new ways of presenting the same points, making the lessons more flexible.
In one school, students produced puppet shows to publicize water conservation.
A Water Conservation Forum was set up, where students were invited to discuss
water conservation issues. In another school, students employed the internal
television system to publicize water conservation to all the students in
the school. More than 1,000 students and teachers watched the presentation.
|These drawings were created by 8-9
year-old students from Wan Quan Primary School. They were introduced
to the Water Conservation books courtesy of GEA - China in April, 1999. Click
on image for larger image.
Other pilot schools such as Wanquan Primary School and Beijing No.80
Middle School organized similar activities. Some students voluntarily
made investigations on water conservation in their community. Many voluntarily
completed a family water audit, added new items for monitoring,
and made detailed audit reports.
- Teachers from the Huiwen Middle School developed experiments to
make the teaching more effective. For example, they cultured a pea
both in clean water and the solvent of detergent, to show the impact
of the water polluted by phosphorous.
- Affiliated Primary School of Beijing Science & Engineering University
designed a questionnaire for parents to assess their opinion about
environmental ection and the water conservation education; Xiaoyou
Primary School even invited parents to participate the class sessions.
- Some of the pilot schools organized the activities mentioned in
the "Act Locally" chapter, such as setting up glass-fronted billboard
for water conservation, holding environmental action drawing contests,
and exhibiting excellent art.
In the spring ‘99 semester, 4400 students attended the classes on Water
Conservation. After studying the issues, their awareness had increased
measurably. Now most students will not waste or pollute water. Many applied
their knowledge to persuade others to conserve. In June, the GEA - China staff
visited pilot schools to learn about the progress.
- Huiwen Middle School held a presentation to summarize the results,
with representatives of every action group presenting their audit
report and proposals. Some of their suggestions have been supported
by school leaders.
- Teachers of Wanquan Primary School encouraged students collect
the empty cans in their home, and sold them to buy water-efficient
faucets to replace old faucets in the school.
- Students of Baiyun Road Primary School put forward about 40 suggestions
to the school administration, and some have been adopted.
All of the pilot schools put great enthusiasm and effort to implement
the Water Conservation text book, and awareness has been raised remarkably.
For Chinese teachers, the teaching methods for environmental education
have been extended, and many schools expressed a strong willingness
to implement the Energy Conservation education next semester.
GEA - China Follow-Up
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