New season of European Schools for a Living Planet competition kicks off
Through workshops and outdoor activities teachers and pupils received background information on various nature and environment conservation topics. By the end of the school year each class will realize an individual eco-project.
"For the fifth year in a row the initiative links up nature-loving pupils and teachers from different countries and cultures”, said Barbara Tauscher, leader of WWF Austria’s environmental education programme. "We are eager to see what great ideas will be realized this time round.”
33 pupil-teacher-teams from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine tkel region were introduced to the project topics "Danube – Europe’s lifeline” and "Ecological Footprint – Consumption’s global effects”.
"The main focus throughout the whole initiative is on active citizenship”, Tauscher said. "We want to show the students possibilities to get active, to express their opinion in public and to motivate others to take action.”
The project ideas and realization is completely up to the pupils’ creativity. The teachers support their pupils only as project coaches. The progress of the nature conservation projects can be watched via a publicly accessible interactive weblog. There the school classes will keep project diaries, post pictures and videos about their projects and exchange experiences. Pupils, teachers and anyone else visiting the website can comment on every project activity.
"ERSTE Foundation takes part in the initiative European Schools for a Living Planet to enrich our cross boarder education projects with a significant environmental aspect”, said Doraja Eberle, Member of the Board of ERSTE Foundation. “Supporting education means taking Europe’s future seriously. Imparting sensitivity for ecological issues within an international project is a sustainable experience for the young people as well as for their teachers.”
The school environment initiative European Schools for a Living Planet was held for the first time in the school year of 2008-2009.118 school classes from eleven European countries have participated since then. Around 3,000 pupils aged 12 to 17 years old have put their individual eco-projects into action.