Inspired by the political process “Environment for Europe”, in 2000 the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) launched a programme on education for sustainable development (ESD), sponsored by Toyota. This included the development and introduction of an innovative multimedia educational kit, the Green Pack, for school teachers and their students in Central and EasternEurope. Other ESD tools similar to the Green Pack have been developed and introduced in recent years to address different target groups.
Currently, the main group of REC ESD tools includes:
Green Pack, aimed at children aged between 11 and 15 and their teachers
Green Pack Junior, aimed at children aged between 7 and 10 and their teachers
Green Steps, aimed at citizens and families
After 14 years of project implementation, REC ESD materials have been introduced in 19 countries in Europe and Asia. Since the Green Pack launch in 2001, around 40,000 teachers and over 4.5 million students have been educated, fundamentally changing the way in which the teaching of sustainability is approached. Each project has been developed in cooperation with businesses, governments, professional organisations and NGOs in order to foster community support across a broad spectrum of society. Many donors from the international, governmental, business and private communities have supported this process.