6 October 2017
On 6 October 2017 UNESCO Almaty Office and the subregional office of the "UN Environment" organized an event to celebrate World Environment Day and World Teachers' Day in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
There is a need to promote environmental issues among schoolchildren, since they are the backbone for achieving all areas of the sustainable development goals and future environment defenders. Teachers, in turn, are important agents of nature development and conservation, and their role in the education of future generations cannot be overstated.
The event was held in an unusual format: forty schoolchildren of 7-8th grades from UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) and their teachers gathered in the open area of the summer camp "Mountain sun" in Almaty to celebrate together the World Environment Day and World Teachers' Day.
The organizers prepared for the students a short lesson on the topic of environmental protection. In addition, the members of the youth wing of the Kazakhstan National Committee of UNESCO “Man and the Biosphere” programme organized an interactive game to develop among children the sense of respectful attitude towards nature and team-working skills.
The event was organized by UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office and the subregional office of the "UN Environment" for Central Asia, in cooperation with UNESCO ASPnet in Kazakhstan and UNESCO Chair on sustainable development at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
The World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 and since then has been celebrated annually on 5 June. This year the theme of the World Environment Day is "Connecting People to Nature". The World Teachers' Day, established by UNESCO in 1994, is celebrated annually on 5 October with the aim to draw attention to the teachers’ status and their role in education and development.