Schools from Croatia, Moldova, Slovenia and Ukraine win international environment initiative

ESFALP 5, Final Event, Romania, 6.6.2013

The concluding event of the international school environment initiative “European Schools for a Living planet” took place in Moieciu de Sus, 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 – was presented to four schools from Croatia, Moldova, Slovenia and the Ukraine. Five pupils of each winning class will be treated to a nature camp week in Romania in autumn 2013.

Winning school projects from Croatia, Moldova, Slovenia and Ukraine
The students of team “The Bees” from Moldova ran the ECO-Steps project – focusing on the importance of selecting waste. They convinced local authorities to support their initiative and also organised an impressive public demonstration on the city streets. The Croatian team “CRO Butterflies” picked as a subject for their project an endangered species of butterflies (Maculineia) which inhabits the county of Međimurje. They got in touch with other local schools, held lectures based on primary research and organised field trips to the area of interest, thus building awareness on a hitherto unheard-of subject. From Slovenia the team “The Co-workers of Nature” were inspired by the benefits of organic farming and local produce and set out to promote them in their local school. “The Dnieper River in the Hands of People” was focusing on the ecological state of the Dnieper river in Ukraine. Their initiative coagulated the forces and willpower of the members of The Youth Parliament of the Dnieper River, an international assembly of youth from three countries: Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

This year, the school environment initiative “European Schools for a Living Planet” was held for the fifth time. Since the beginning, 4,000 pupils aged 12 to 17 from eleven European countries put their individual eco-projects into action.

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