Participatory events

Tree participatory environmental events were organised by each school with the assistance of environmental experts. These events involved presenting the project and engaging in discussions about climate emergencies to understand the concerns of the students. A survey was conducted to analyse their daily habits and knowledge related to climate change.

During these activities, the environment was the central and common topic, allowing participants to learn about ongoing issues and gain ideas on how they can actively collaborate in mitigating climate change.

Objectives:

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 Identify possible ecological practices at the individual or collective level that can be improved.

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Gather information about the general habits of the students in terms of food, energy, and transport and design a guidelines based on behavioral changes that can mitigate climate change.

3.

Raise awareness about the environment through positive communication.

Participatory event in in la Vall d’Uixó, Castellón, Spain

On May 4th and 5th, 2023, a series of participatory events took place at IES Botànic Cavanilles, a secondary school and vocational training center located in Vall d’Uixó, Spain. The entirety of students from first to third year of ESO actively participated in the event, resulting in the collection of 231 student responses, along with 47 from teachers and administrative staff. During these events, the aim was to identify potential ecological practices, both at an individual and collective level, that could be enhanced, as well as to understand the general habits and knowledge of students and teachers in relation to food, energy consumption, and transportation preferences. Additionally, the project was introduced, and active participation was encouraged.

Date: May 4th and 5th, 2023.

Participatory event in Loulé, Portugal

On March 22th, 2023, a collaborative event took place at the Cândido Guerreiro Auditorium of the School of Education and Vocational Training, located in the heart of the central region of the Algarve, in the northwest corner of the municipality of Loulé. The event saw extensive participation from enthusiastic students. We received a total of 40 responses from students and 7 from teachers at the center, reflecting significant interest. During this initiative, attendees delved into pressing environmental issues and conducted research to understand the general habits of students regarding food, energy, and transportation, as well as to foster their interest in the project.

Date: March 22th, 2023.

Participatory event in Netherlands

In June 2023, participatory events took place in 9 schools in the Netherlands as part of the project. These events marked a significant milestone in the quest to promote environmental awareness and foster behavioural change among students and teachers.

The aim was to identify possible ecological practices, both at an individual and collective level, that can be improved. Additionally, data was collected about students’ general habits related to food, energy consumption, and transportation preferences, and guidelines were designed based on behavioural changes to mitigate climate change.

These objectives were achieved thanks to the active participation of 45 students and 13 teachers who shared their perspectives and knowledge. The initiative has sparked greater interest in the project and the importance of caring for the environment.

Date: June 2023.

Staff training

Training On Innovative Pedagogies Related to Environmental Education in la Vall d’Uixó, Spain

The first training for project partners was held on July 4th and 5th, 2023, at IES Botànic Cavanilles. A training session on Innovative Pedagogies related to Environmental Education took place with the aim of strengthening students’ connection with the environment and enhancing their learning experience through alternative teaching methods linked to environmental education. Over the two days of training, an ecological initiative was adopted, followed by a brainstorming session where sustainable activities were generated, aligning with the perspectives of the students, based on the survey data collected. The program began with a discussion on Environmental Challenges and Climate Change, followed by an exploration of why positive communication is essential in environmental education. Additionally, training was provided on “Art as an Innovative Pedagogical Tool” and “The Process of Creative Class Design,” led by partners who specialize in the subject matter.

Date: July 4th and 5th, 2023.

Students Training

Training On Environmental Challenges Of The XXI Century: What Can We Do? Alte, Portugal

The learning activity centred on the environmental challenges of the XXI century was designed to foster engaging discussions among students regarding contemporary environmental issues and the proactive steps they could undertake. It aimed to facilitate a constructive dialogue that accentuated positive measures for addressing climate change. Additionally, this event encouraged the utilisation of the English language through activities that facilitated interactions among students from diverse schools. It was conducted in Portugal, with a total of 36 students, accompanied by 8 school staff members and 3 environmental experts.

The training encompassed a variety of activities, with a strong focus on pressing environmental concerns. It included presentations highlighting the environmental projects carried out by EPCG in different school locations, immersive nature walks, and engaging cultural activities. Furthermore, students actively participated in a scientific session, delving into the significance of bird ringing and its pivotal role in enhancing comprehension of avian behaviours and the broader ecological context.

Date: October 24th and 26th, 2023.

Staff training

Training on How to use Evaluation and Monitoring Digital Tools in Rotterdam, Netherlands

In November, 2023, an event was held in The Hague with the objective of empowering educators and providing them with tools for monitoring and evaluating school projects. The event covered various topics, including how to measure outcomes and outputs, M&E planning, the function of an M&E plan, and reporting. Representatives from each organisation attended the event.

Date: November 14th to 15th, 2023.

Students

Students’ Summit On Environmental European Initiatives in Echa, the Netherlands

The Students’ Summit On Environmental European Initiatives is an upcoming event that will bring together 12 students, accompanied by three teachers or staff members, from three partner schools. This three-day summit, set to take place in Echa, the Netherlands, will focus on Environmental European Initiatives. It aims to provide participating students with opportunities for skill development in areas such as social and communication skills, as well as a better understanding of European initiatives and the European commitment to combating climate change.

Date: April 16th to 18th, 2024.

Best Practices Event for Students in La Vall d’Uixó, Spain

The Best Practices event is another activity for students in which they will discuss their involvement in the environmental action plan. They will explain how they have organised and implemented the project, highlight the best and worst aspects, and suggest improvements. This activity will encourage reflection on their learning experiences, allowing students to evaluate the project from their perspective.

Date: September 24th to 26th, 2024.