On June 20-21, 2019, the Center of Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet), within the framework of the joint project of UNDP and Uzhydromet, "Developing climate resilience of farming communities in the drought prone parts of Uzbekistan", held the final workshop for presentation of "Climate Box" textbook for schoolchildren on climate change adapted to the national conditions of Uzbekistan.

The problem of climate change is recognized by the world community as one of the most important global problems. The effects of climate change are felt in all countries and regions of the world, with each person, to one degree or another, being responsible for the changes taking place on the planet.

To mitigate the consequences of climate change and reduce their carbon footprint, people from the very young age need to have the appropriate knowledge. To this end, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners have developed a set of learning and play materials for schoolchildren on the subject of “climate change”, called “Climate Box”, for use as a learning tool.

The Climate Box project, launched in 2014, now covers 8 countries in the region of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, becoming a truly international project. In Uzbekistan, the project was launched in May 2018 as part of the joint project of UNDP and the Center of Hydrometeorological Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet) “Developing climate resilience of farming communities in the drought prone parts of Uzbekistan”, funded by the Adaptation Fund of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The two-day final workshop, which was attended by Russian specialists, specialists of Uzhydromet and National University named after M. Ulugbek, teachers, methodologists and representatives of the educational system of the Republic of Uzbekistan, included the presentation of the national version of the textbook. The four main sessions of the seminar allowed participants to familiarize themselves with the contents of the “Climatic Box”, to reveal the features of work with the textbook, to learn methods of building a dialogue with children through tasks for independent execution. At the same time, cognitive games, crossword puzzles, quizzes and quests were demonstrated, which make it easier, in a game form, to assimilate the material and apply the knowledge gained in everyday life.

During the seminar, participants also learned about the experience of introducing the Climate Box into the education system of Uzbekistan, general information on climate change, the consequences of global warming, and received guidelines for teachers on using the Climate Box in the educational process.

The final workshop aimed to motivate participants to actively work with this textbook in order to maximize the introduction of the textbook into the practice of school education.