ExCEed: Kick-starting Experiential Climate Education in Croatian Secondary Schools

“ExCEeed” is envisioned as an educational partnership between Association Tatavaka and Matija Antun Reljković Senior School, to be implemented in Vinkovci, a smaller town of ~35.000 people in Eastern Croatia. The partnership is formed to co-create the first ever senior school curriculum in Croatia, kick-starting an elective subject on climate change and sustainability. “ExCEed” is envisioned as participatory, co-creative and action inducing climate education experiment accessible to all young people regardless of their background. Our idea is to exceed all of the limitations, perceived or real, imposed by the transmissive, top-down teaching paradigm dominating the Croatian formal education sector. Its three main target groups are teachers, students and the local community.

It brings together teachers of physics, chemistry, biology and geography who will participate together in the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum of the elective subject. They will be supported by Tatavaka through capacity building activities – continuous work on adjustment and development of Tatavaka’s (and other) non-formal learning methods and an international training for community change makers. It involves the students through a co-creative process of active research learning and piloting parts of the curriculum, which will strengthen their entrepreneurial, problem-solving skills and foster new ways of thinking and acting in the times of climate crisis. The community work integrated in the curriculum will bring concrete benefit through student actions and applied learning in the communities of Vinkovci and Križevci, weaving threads of an active community ready to face climate change with innovative solutions.