Kick-starts with more than 300 students and teachers


There was no jumping into Lake Neusiedl, but plenty of wet jackets in Bucharest: the two biggest educational projects of ERSTE Foundation, the European Schools for a Living Planet (ESFALP) and the Academy of Central European Schools (aces) kick-started last week at the same time, but in different parts of Europe.

Both ESFALP and aces are initiated by ERSTE Foundation and are implemented by NGO partners, and both projects target interested teachers and students. In delegations of two (one teacher, one student), 60 participants came together at Lake Neusiedl/Austria (27 Sept – 2 Oct) to develop their environmental school projects together with eco-experts from the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF. The team of trainers used fun outdoor methods to make sure that concepts such as the ecological footprint stick in the heads – making use of the very motivated mini-teams of two people who are going to drag along their colleagues at home.

aces brought together more than 250 teachers and students from fifteen countries – a massive project, with a big number of participants. Eleven workshops, a giant board game of learning, a wonderful caring staff from our partners Interkulturelles Zentrum (Vienna) and VCELI DOM (Bratislava) and an exceptional storm with partial street floodings led to an aces kick-off week in Bucharest all participants will remember. The participating teachers and students are already special, and all together create an atmosphere of joyful respect and learning that feels like a better world for a few days.