European schools for a living planet
From the 2nd to the 4th of June, in the Romanian town of Moieties de Sus, played the final event in the international academic initiative "European schools for a living planet". For the sixth time, thanks to a joint initiative of WWF and Erste Foundation, 33 departments from eleven European countries conducted a field of its own projects in the field of environmental protection. They were joined by students and teachers from four schools from Serbia and Primary Drinkã Pavlovic from Belgrade elementary school. Gavrilo Princip from Zemun, PS Brothers Grulović from Beska and TS Mileva Maric-Einstein from Novi Sad. Rewards are numerous projects: street events, ecological gardening, theatre games, exhibitions and activities in which "students-learning-students."
During the final event, students and teachers were able to exchange experiences on projects, but also about the barriers they faced, as well as to strengthen its international educational network. Joint forces participants were devised and the International Day of the river under the European school of life of the planet, which will be celebrated at 2 October of 2014. Initiative of the European School of life of the planet we strive to teach students to initiate changes themselves. Through a series of workshops we show them the opportunities to actively express their opinions in public and to motivate others to begin to protect the environment, "said Barbara Taušer, director of educational programs on environmental protection, WWF Austria.
Thirty-three school classes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovenia and Hungary participated in this year's program "European schools for a living planet". For seven months, students aged 13-17 years have worked together on various environmental projects. Implemented the research, spoke with decision-making, exploring nature. Project ideas and their realization came exclusively from the students themselves, while they supported the teachers as creative mentors. On the occasion of the final event, one teacher and one student from each project team travelled to Moieties de Sus in Romania. There are presented the results of their work, exchanged opinions about the challenges they faced and most importantly - learn from each other.
Students and teachers at the beginning of last fall during the preparatory camp in Austria acquire the necessary skills to planned projects initiated and implemented the. Through workshops and training sessions in the open, the participants were informed on the topics "Danube - European lifeline" and "Ecological footprint - how to sustainably use the resources of our planet." Students were also able to learn about project management, teamwork and public relations.
"Thanks to the WWF, eleven countries have developed projects in the field of nature protection. This is the first time that our school participated, which to me personally and professionally quite mean because I have the opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries with the same affinities, "said Masa Popara - Konakovo, teacher TŠ Mileva Maric-Einstein from Novi Sad.
Activities that contribute to environmental protection will continue even after the final event. In fact, it was designed and joint International Day of rivers under the European school of life of the planet that will be celebrated in all eleven participating countries of the project. A common theme of the day will be the "river". This environmentally day is another important step to support the newly created network of environmentally active and conscious young people which shows that education about nature and the environment really cannot function well.
"Young people have the power to shape the future, so they should be encouraged to care about the environment, while seeking new creative solutions. This is the reason why the Erste Foundation supports the international initiative of the European School of life of the planet. We are really impressed by the commitment shown by the students and their teachers, "says Doraja Eberle, board member of Erste Foundation. "Supporting education is seriously the future of the whole of Europe. Transfer experience and develop sensitivity to environmental issues in the framework of the international project is a very valuable experience for young people, but also for their teachers, "she said Eberle.
This is the sixth time that the school maintains the environmental initiatives of the European schools for a living planet. Since the beginning of the initiative, participated in a total of 5,000 students from eleven different European countries, aged 12-17 years, and has generated a host of environmental projects that are still carried out.