The Whole-School Approach in Action: A Year with Primary School No. 12 Mar Chiquita

Case Summary: 

The seaside village of Mar Chiquita, in Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to Primary School No. 12. The school’s community takes a whole school approach to sustainability and embraces the natural environment at every level of the school’s activities.

The Mar Chiquita Lagoon is central to this story. Designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1966 for its impressive biodiversity, the lagoon’s significance does not end at its biodiversity.

This case study ultimately highlights the power of deeply adopting a whole school approach in climate change education. By tackling sustainability through multiple avenues, from physical space to curriculum to community engagement to governance, Primary School No. 12 demonstrates how quality climate change education holds the capacity to create more sustainability-focused and collaborative communities that extend beyond the students and teachers of a school.

Action Area 
Planning and Implementation Activity 
Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Sectors and Themes 
Barriers overcome 
Information, Capacity
MECCE (Monitoring and Evaluation Climate Communication and Education Project), Universidad de San Andrés, Cátedra UNESCO de Educación para la Sostenibilidad y la Ciudadanía Global
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