KA219 2017 Environ-MENTAL Awareness Across Europe

Cofinanciado por el programa Erasmus+ de la Unión Europea

Environ-MENTAL Awareness Across Europe.

Project website: https://www.environmentaleurope.eu/

Coming from different countries with different social and ecological background, our students share the same responsibility for our common environment. This project seeks to raise awareness and educate them about environmental issues, develop a ‘lifestyle education programme’ and test its effectiveness in improving adolescents’ education on environmental issues.

To start the ecological activities, our students will analyse their local situation and present it to the other participants; this will promote pro-ecological attitudes. Then they will set up a virtual Eco-Club, run by the students themselves under teachers’ guidance, with the purpose of turning the school into an ecological, environmental-friendly school.

The idea of the project is very simple, focusing on environmental awareness. What makes it specially innovative and attractive is the fact that students are expected to play a particularly active role and degree of autonomy in the implementation of the project activities. Students will create projects by taking advantage of their creativity and acquired knowledge. They will also be responsible for making decisions about the project activities concerning environmental issues in the partner cities. Besides, they will develop an Ecological Code of Behaviour based upon their own work. Likewise, they will lead discussion groups and debates during the project meetings, as well as give presentations, elaborate surveys and reports, among other things. The results of their work will be available on a blog which they will administrate.

Students and teachers involved in the project will contribute as active and responsible citizens to maintain and improve the quality of the environment in which we all live. They will have chances to reflect upon regional, cultural and social similarities and differences in different corners of Europe.

The project will involve students of Secondary School (aged 11-14) from different countries. Additionally, the Estonian partner school will involve Primary student groups, as well.

The project is centred around five main topics:

  1. Recycling and waste segregation
  2. Electricity and water consumption
  3. Consumption of local products
  4. Urban transport
  5. Protected areas

Each of these five topics will be approached by following a 4-phase cycle: analysis and raising awareness (field research activities) > presentation of results (student conferences at project meetings) > debate and evaluation > action and dissemination (school activities after the mobilities). Through these activities, both students and staff will have the opportunity to:

  • improve learning and scientific skills;
  • enhance collaboration and cooperation skills within home schools and between the partner schools;
  • develop linguistic, expressive, artistic, computer, social and civic skills;
  • increase awareness and develop a new mentality concerning all issues related to the environment;

The main planned activities are:

  • set-up of an Erasmus+ Corner;
  • set-up of a project blog;
  • creation and management of a virtual Eco-Club, whose mission is to turn the partner institutions into eco-friendly schools.
  • slideshows about each school;
  • logo contest;
  • research work about environmental issues;
  • diagnostic survey and questionnaires;
  • conferences and presentations held by students, followed by debates and joint reflections;
  • recording of a documentary or video tutorial about environment-friendly habits;
  • photo reports of each area, followed by photography exhibitions;
  • multilingual glossary (e-dictionary and printed version);
  • Ecological Code of Behaviour (digital and printed version);
  • puppet show with music instruments, all made with recycled materials;
  • catwalk show with clothes and fancy dresses made with recycled materials.

Teachers will resort to inclusive, innovative methods of teaching, thus encouraging students to investigate, explore and analyse by following a cooperative, project-based methodological approach. The participant teachers may also provide support to other colleagues interested in adopting such innovative methods.

Dissemination will be carried out throughout the project with the publication of articles in the local press, social media and on each school website to inform students, staff and stakeholders on project activities promoting the Erasmus+ programme. On the project website we can convey all the information and documentation available, with particular reference to the results of the different project phases.

Finally, the Internet and such powerful social networks as Twitter may lead dissemination and impact much beyond our immediate educational communities, allowing us to activate a direct contact with potential beneficiaries (much more than the number of those who are involved in the project) and interact with them.

Daniel Prados,
13 sept. 2017 15:23