Environmental Education and Sustainable Development are lifelong processes: starting from early childhood, educating older generations, and going beyond formal education. Values such as lifestyles and attitudes are gained in childhood, so the role of education takes on a particular importance, especially for children. It should go through the curricula at all levels, including vocational education, teacher training, and continuous education for professionals.
Formal education institutions play an important role in capacity building from an early age, providing knowledge and influencing attitude and behavior. It is important for all pupils to acquire the right knowledge about environmental education and sustainable development and be informed of the impact of decision-making that does not support sustainable development. Each educational institution, in its entirety, including pupils, students, teachers, pedagogues, managers and other staff, as well as parents, should follow the principles of environmentally friendly behaviors.
By considering this process as very important, the Regional Environmental Center (REC), in 2006 has composed the first full curricula on environmental education in Albania, for pupils of middle schools, the so called “Green Pack”. With the help of the Regional Education Offices, this package has been distributed in all middle schools of the country.
This new educational material paved the way for a new chapter in our efforts to expand the target group and introduce the "Green Pack" to primary school pupils through the development of a "Junior Green Pack". Based on the early involvement of the Education Development Institute (IZHA) specialists, as well as other specialists from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Tourism and the Environment, it can be said that the Junior Green Pack is fully integrated with information on the curricula of elementary education and subject programs of this cycle. The information of this package is considered complementary and creates a consolidated bridge over the knowledge that the learner will receive in all their years of primary education. Moreover, the information is of general character and therefore can be very well adapted to both urban and rural schools, leaving the teacher to adapt the material according to the area where the school is located.
The "Junior Green Pack" contains complementary educational tools developed as a result of the joint collaboration between the REC team, a team of teachers and competent experts from primary schools and other educational institutions in Albania. This product is another successful indicator related to the REC efforts to build the capacity of teachers and trainers to support the development of institutions and programs that enhance the quality of environmental education and sustainable development in Albania. The "Junior Green Pack" helps to develop new pupils' values and a new model of behavior in schools, homes and society. With this, children will become ambassadors of a society's sustainability and will convey their new acquaintances and habits to friends and family.