Children's Environmental School
Urban Science
Green Entrepreneurs Europe
Schools for resilience
The GLOBE program
Institutional support
Motivate and Attract Students to Science
Outdoor Learning 4 All
Training for EU participants
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Children‘s Environmental School is a non-governmental organisation for environment and education

Children‘s Environmental School (CES) was established as an independent national NGO in 1993. Work of CES is directed towards school and improving educational system. CES fulfils its mission by promoting incorporation of environmental education into school. CES provides opportunities for young people to carry out their ideas and gain work experience.

To accomplish its goal, CES:

  • builds school support network by organising national and international environmental education projects in order to promote further development of environmental education;
  • provides in-service training for teachers and school leaders by delivering seminars and workshops in order to equip them with necessary knowledge, skills and experiences;
  • prepares and publishes environmental education materials in close cooperation with practicing teachers and experts;
  • organizes environmental camps for students.

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Contact us:
Children‘s Environmental School
Gertrudes Street 16-14, Riga, Latvia, LV-1011
Phone/fax: + 371 67204525,
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Urban Science – Integrated Learning for Smart Cities

Logo FINAL 1-02Urban Science is delivering a means to teach pupils how science can develop solutions for sustainable cities, motivating them to view the positive benefits of science to the urban environment.

The project aims to meet the needs of an urban Europe, where scientists of the future will need the skills and knowledge to create healthy and sustainable cities. Urban Science focuses on how science can develop solutions to urban issues, so motivating pupils to view the positive benefits of science to the urban environment. Urban Science is supporting teachers with exciting and innovative ways to teach science that has real life meaning for their pupils. It also meets the needs of pupils to be competitive in a rapidly changing world where scientific understanding is vital.

As a result:

  • More pupils will be motivated to study science and view it as a career option.
  • Greater access to high quality learning resources for teaching science.
  • More active participation in society and the desire to support healthy cities.
  • Improved levels of skills for employability in science based businesses.
  • More schools and teachers will deliver science education that raises the attainment of all learners, especially those at risk.
  • Greater opportunities for teacher professional development.

Urban Science partners develop learning modules which promote hands-on inquiry based science engaging learners in everyday issues that have relevance and meaning. We use the urban environment as ‘living laboratories’ where pupils explore how science can help create healthier places to live and work. We focus on mobility, energy, green spaces, water, air, buildings and waste. For example, studies on urban air pollution could lead to discussions on green roofs to absorb carbon, redesigning urban space to reduce the build-up of pollutants and using algorithms to plan more effective journeys to and from work. Rather than focusing on single issues, our approach develops understanding of the city as a series of inter-actions, an urban ecosystem.​

The overall aim of Urban Science is to improve the teaching of scientific inquiry and investigation so that pupils develop the competencies to actively contribute to creating healthy cities, gain scientific skills for employment, and are more motivated to study science.​

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Green Entrepreneurs Europe project has been created to help schools develop their pupils’ skills and competencies so they can play an active role in developing the green economy.

GEE supports teachers to do this using learning outside the classroom and real world learning and will provide:

  • Learning packs
  • Field trips
  • Teacher training and teacher support
  • Coffee House Challenge (CHC) informal meetings
  • Business case studies
  • Green business plans
  • Linking schools with businesses
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Schools for resilience: linking schools with local communities' sustainability

Partners from 6 countries - Spain („Aranzadi Society of Sciences”), Denmark („Professionshøjskolen VIA University College”), Ireland („Sustainable Ireland Cooperative Society Ltd.”), Italy („Municipality of Olginate”), Latvia (“Children’s Environmental School”) and United Kingdom (“Field Studies Council”) are engaged in the project “Schools for resilience: linking schools with local communities' sustainability” with is supported by EU Life-long Learning Program.

The aim of the project is to promote cooperation between schools and local communities to advance sustainable development - to engage students in solving local problems, to develop students’ activity, innovation and entrepreneur skills. During the project teaching materials for using local environment and community as learning environment will be developed.

Project coordinator: Rosa Martinez, Mikel Edeso (Spain), national coordinator Elita Lavrinovica.

More information about project here

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Project supported by: EU Life-long Learning Program

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Participating countries: Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, United Kingdom

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP's) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment. Read more about GLOBE program.

Latvia participate in the project since 1999. 26 GLOBE schools now are active in Latvia.

Different events are organized every year - teacher training, consultations, summer learning expeditions for teachers and students.

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Society Integration Foundation has awarded funding to the project „Children’s Environmental School’s Contribution to Accessibility of Environmental Education”. The owerall goal of this long term action plan is to promote a sustainable society in Latvia, increasing everybody's competences for sustainable development, thereby enhancing public participation in environmental decision-making.

Different activities were organized to promote GLOBE program: workshops for teachers about atmosphere, phenology, aerosols and land cover investigations took place in the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences of University of Latvia. GLOBE teachers informed collegues about GLOBE program oportunities for schools in the framework of workshops for Environmental education coordinators organized by National Centre for Education. Teacher Anda Freimanepresented the GLOBE project methodology to the participants of Environmental Educators Annual Conference. Two GLOBE Program Festivals were organized in Ramuli Primary School and Mazzalve Primary School as well as summer Learning Expedition in Salacgriva.

With the experience exchange afternoon on December 2014 the Camp program activities has started. The program coordinator Kaspars Berzins and experienced camp manager Dace Leja shared their knowledge and experience.The further development of the program continued year 2014 - the team building and developement, the fundraising activities and staff training, and finally 2 environmental education camps were organized. The new camp leader - Kristiana Grike was educated.

The voluntiers program developped actively - different activities, including environmental education workshop during the 11th Youth Song and Dance Festival in Riga were organized.

The cooperation with the public bodies and other NGOs was started and continued succesfully. Representatives of Children’s Environmental School participated in the Environmental Educators Annual Conferences, are members of the advisory board of Environmental Protection Fundation and expert board for environmental education of National Centre for Education. The cooperation with Environmental Protection Board was established about implementation of the Public Monitoring program.

CES website was improved to make it available to people with learning disabilities, the English version of the website was prepared.

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The capacity building of organization members and voluntiers is an important part of the project - members of Children's Environmental School met on their Annual General Meeting and workshop on December 2013 and discussed use of social media in communication, current issues of environmental education and ideas for fundraising. The camp staff training was organized July 2014. The workshop about environmental education projects was organized December 2014 for most active youth program participants.The next Annual General Meeting was organized at the National Botanical Garden 19th December 2015. The results of the project were presented and outdoor learning activities organized.

Read more about project activities.

Project is financed by Iceland, Lichtenshtein, Norway. Total grant EUR 30093.More about EEA grants:


"Motivate and Attract Students to Science" project is realized with support of EU Life-long learning program. 8 countries are participating: Czech Republic (TEREZA Association), Cyprus (CYCERE), Greece (University of Athens), Estonia (Estonian Physical Society), Latvia (Children's Environmental School), Netherlands (SME), Germany (University of Cologne), Poland (UNEP/GRID-Warsaw).

We tried to make science learning more attractive to the 21st Century' students by using GLOBE experience. We focused on ICT use, early inquiry and encouraging low-achievers. We collected good practice examples and create hands-on lessons and tutorials for teachers.

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Project leader: Barbora Semerakova (Czech Republic)

National coordinator of Latvia: Inese Liepina

National expert team of Latvia: Gunta Kalvane, Krisjanis Liepins, Daiga Kalnina

Project is supported by: EU Life-long learning program


Participating coutries: Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands, Germany, Poland

More about project here.

Children's Environmental school is involved in Comenius Regio project "Outdoor Learning 4 All". The goal of this project is to develop cooperation between two regions - Southend-on-See in UK and Ogre region in Latvia.

Participants are trying to enchance quality of outdoor learning in their schools and to develop recomendations for outdoor learning. Workshops for teachers in both regions and mutual experience sharing trips were taking place during the project. The recomendations for outdoor learning were developped in English and Latvian.

Children's Environmental school has expert role in this project.

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Project coordinator in Latvia: Ilze Stagite, project manager at Ogre region' Council

Participating schools in Latvia: Jaunogre Secondary School, Ogresgals Primary School, Madliena Secondary School, Suntazi Secondary School

Project experts: Inese Liepina, Krisjanis Liepins

We offer five day training courses for teachers and educators from other EU countries with Erasmus KA01 funding.

Course "Outdoor Learning to Reconnect Students to Nature"

During our course teachers will experience different forms of outdoor learning, discuss on how to organize lessons outdoors, visit schools to see teachers practice. Participants will get various materials and ideas and will plan their own outdoor learning.

Course fee 350 EUR including all materials

Course "Motivate and Attract Students to Science"

During our course we will focus on three major challenges to make science education more attractive for students:

1. Science through digital learning

2. Early inquiry

3. Low achievers in science

The program consists from three modules which can be combined and adapted to the participants needs. The presentations are mixed with practical hands-on and outdoor activities, visits to schools, interest clubs, discussions with teachers.

Course fee 350 EUR including all materials.

All participants will get an Europass certificate

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