1st meeting – Italy – What is a tree? (parts, role of each part, leaves, seeds, growing, inventory of trees in each partner school garden)
2nd meeting – Spain – My TREE (area, description, photos, traditions, poems, legends about one specie of tree for each partner school)
3rd meeting – Denmark – What is a forest?
4th meeting – Poland – Forest – functions and role.
5th meeting – Czech Republic – Forest in pictures (creation of a calendar with photos of trees from the partner countries in each season)
6th meeting – Portugal – Forest – in danger (fires, deforestation, flooding, landslides, tree diseases)
7th meeting – France – Forest – nature reserves and endangered plants
8th meeting – Slovakia – For what is wood used?
9th meeting – Romania – What is energy? (energy source, pollution, green energy)
10th meeting – Latvia – Saving energy
“FORESTS and SUSTAINABILITY – Time to Learn and Act” is a MULTILATERAL COMENIUS PROJECT about FORESTS. Forest… seen as woodland (land covered with wood or trees) but, at the same time, thinking about what FOREST is, and what FOREST stands:
Steadfastness and Stability
Sustainability all of this seen as moral and European values, essential values of life.
Thus, teachers and children can learn, talk and discuss about forest from different viewpoints (geographical, linguistic, historical, economic). The most important thing is what forests represent if we respect it: future, oxygen… for a steadfast, tolerant and sustainable Europe.
The general purpose of the proposed project is for the students to investigate, analysed and understand the diversity of trees and forests. People and nations are like trees in a forest: different but equally. Same tree species grow differently depending on weather conditions, area, altitude (just like humans).
The aim is for the pupils of the partnership schools to be models of good citizenship within their local community, enriching their education with activities that improve the environment and quality of life of local people.
Through these topics, the pupils will share information about their diverse socio-economic situations and the minorities within the schools and also special needs kids will be involved in the whole project. This will increase learning opportunities for all of our children.
All the activities in the project will not only benefit the pupils but also enrich the teaching skills of staff, but will promote the European dimension.
Children need to learn about forest. All of us need to protect the forest. Forests need our protection.
Great achivements always start by small steps. Now it’s our time to LEARN and ACT. Forest can’t wait long time our decision, our actions. Small steps made by pupils and their families in some European countries, will lead for sure to a better future for the whole world. We believe that our world chance is in environmental education for the today pupils who will be the tomorrow adults.
That is the reason for choosing the following 10 themes:
1. What is a tree? (parts, role of each part, leaves, seeds, growing, inventory of trees in each partner school garden)
2. My TREE (area, description, photos, traditions, poems, legends about one specie of tree for each partner school)
3. What is a forest?
4. Forest – functions and role.
5. Forest – in danger (fires, deforestation, flooding, landslides, tree diseases)
6. Forest in pictures (creation of a calendar with photos of trees from the partner countries in each season)
7. Forest – nature reserves and endangered plants
8. For what is wood used?
9. What is energy? (energy source, pollution, green energy)
10. Saving energy
To promote a sustainable behavior we will organize a campaign about ENERGY (what is the energy, energy sources, pollution, green energy, sustainable energy) to highlight the fact that wood in not only a green source of energy, but it is the only renewable energy source.
By our activities and final products we believe that we will manage to make our pupils to become eco-friendly consumers and to promote similar behavior in their family and community.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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