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Launching "Earth School” to keep students connected to nature in the time of COVID-19

New initiative of UNEP, TED-Ed, and 30 other collaborators launches a free educational platform for environmental adventures available to teachers, parents, students, and curious global citizens, starting today on the Earth Day!

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-EdEarth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world.

 

The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.

 

According to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 1.5 billion learners are affected by COVID-19 school closures. The pandemic has caused a health, economic, and education crisis; in the age of physical and social constraints, there is a strong need for global science literacy.

 

That is why UNEP and TED-Ed — in coordination with 30 collaborators, including National GeographicWWF and UNESCO — came together to launch Earth School in just over two weeks. Built for children and youth ages 5-18, it spans 30 school days that run between Earth Day and World Environment Day on June 5, which this year will take place under the banner of Time for Nature.

 

TED-Ed creates free, video-based lessons on everything from animals and climate change to underwater farms. It is the educational arm of TED, whose library of thousands of interactive lessons — built by a network of 500,000 educators from across the world — spans all ages and subjects.

 

Visit the Earth School and kindly share information about it with your collogues, networks and family!

 

Link to the full UNEP press release

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