Schools from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia win international environment initiative

ESFALP IV_final event_group photo©Alex Spineanu

European Schools for a Living planet took place in Moieciu in Brasov county in Romania. Teachers and pupils from 9 countries in Central and Eastern Europe implemented environment conservation projects. The activities ranged from self-built school gardens, street events and theatre performances to exhibitions and “pupils-teach-pupils” campaigns. The award for the best projects – a nature camp week in Romania.

Winners from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia
The Romanian pupils from Palanca village, Bacau county, with their project “Colour Your Food Footprint in Green!” focused on reducing the Ecological Footprint of their food. Pupils from the Bulgarian “American College Arcus” from Veliko Tarnovo with their project “The College’s Green Area“ planted trees in order to re-forest a natural area near the school that had been burnt down. This activity together with their awareness-raising activities represented a manifesto against man-made fires that damage Bulgarian forests every year. Pupils from the Serbian “Svetislav Golubović Mitraljeta” school with their project “I Grew Up near the Danube” focused on raising their community’s awareness on how their carelessness affects the river. Pupils from the Serbian Primary school ‘Karadjordje’ in Velika Plana with their project “Nature for Nature “ had two main lines of action: “recycling is fun” and creating a park on a former wasteland. They did so after having collected input from their community on what the main local ecological challenges were.

The prize: a nature camp week in Romania
Five pupils of each winning class will be treated to a nature camp week in Romania in autumn 2012.

33 school classes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Ukraine responded to WWF’s call to stand up for Europe’s environment and future. Over a seven-month period the 12 to 17 year old pupils worked on their eco-projects addressing the topics “Danube – Europe’s lifeline” and “Ecological Footprint”. They did research, discussed with decision makers and went on nature expeditions. The project ideas and realization were completely up to the pupils’ creativity. The teachers supported their pupils only as project coaches.

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