European Schools for a Living Planet: Teachers & students' Academy from 17-23 October 2009 "Taking action together for Europe's environment"

Teachers and students from 30 school classes from 10 European countries will come together for a week in the wonderful nature setting of Burgenland’s Seewinkel to participate in this year’s Academy. The meeting marks the kick-off of the 2009/2010 programme of European Schools for a Living Planet, the international environment project for schools initiated by WWF and ERSTE Foundation.

During the Academy, one teacher and student per school class will develop an idea for an environmental project, which will then be realized by the whole class until the end of the school year. The Academy will provide them with information about the ecological footprint and the Danube’s nature as a flowing water as well as methods how to implement their project. Special attention will be given to the topic active citizenship. In workshops and street actions the students will be trained how to motivate other persons to support their issues and how to promote an issue in the public. Teachers will be introduced into methods how the topics Danube/running waters and ecological footprint can be integrated into the school schedule and how they can support and motivate their students as a project coach.

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