FLEG II developed an educational toolkit “Forest in the context of sustainable development”, for teachers and students, in Moldova. Focused on forestry it provides collection of topics about forest functions and benefits, climate change and forests, sustainable development and forest certification as well as insight in non-formal educational methods: like outdoor and experiential education approaches.
On 29-30 of May 2015, TOT training was held in Chisinau, using the educational material developed, for forestry and ecology pre-university school teachers. “Continuous education contributes to the formation of the young generation and it is necessary to invest in this process through relations between educational and government institutions, as forestry education is a priority for the Agency Moldsilva ", said Tudor Botnari General Director Deputy of „Moldsilva" Agency, while welcoming the initiative.
The first day was dedicated solely to forestry teachers’ training, while on the second day joint training was held with other non-forestry subject teachers from target schools. Training was practical and interactive, participants were sharing their experience in order to learn about best practices. Participants discussed various ways of introducing forestry topics in different subjects of natural sciences.
"The educational material can be seen as complementary to the curriculum, as the objective pursued while developing the material was the development of young ambassadors of Moldova forests, in any professional field they will activate after school”, concluded Antoanela Costea, WWF FLEG II country program coordinator
FLEG II will continue the education activity in Moldova by organizing a workshop for forestry high-school students from Moldova, early next year, involving the forestry teachers and school staff afore trained, by using the developed material and focusing on solutions for the forest. “The teaching material will help to increase forests knowledge, which will influence both the rational use of forest resources, as well as changing attitudes toward them, regardless of age and status, and ultimately we do it for us, as the future of forests is depending of our behavior”, mentioned Aurel Lozan, ENPI FLEG II national coordinator.