School of Climate

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 “School of Climate” is a Romanian- Lithuanian project within the framework of “Youth in Action” program. The project involved 2 partner organizations- “2Celsius” (Romania) and “Jaunimo mainai ir bendradarbiavimas” (Lithuania) and already reached 138 young people during the activities in Romania.

 

“School of Climate” mainly focused on the annual “Youth in Action” program priority of Global environmental challenges and climate change, developing and applying innovative non-formal experiential education practices and activities for high school students in Romania. Later the good experience will be shared in Lithuania by training Lithuanian youth workers.

 

Furthermore, the project also addressed another important annual priority of the “Youth in Action” program –Youth unemployment, poverty and marginalization. By involving participants from economically challenged and remote rural regions in Romania, the project addressed the education and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities;

 

Spirit of initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship, employability was promoted by raising awareness about green jobs among young people and inflaming their concern for sustainable development, thus opening new ideas for future career choices of young people; by using creativity enhancing methods and by creating unusual creativity enhancing learning environment following competences were developed: social and critical thinking skills, creativity, curiosity and openness to challenges; moreover, journalistic writing and media skills (i.e. blogging) was introduced to youngsters.

 

School of Climate interactive lectures. (Cugir, Romania)

School of Climate kick-off event. (Cugir, Romania)

Furthermore, the project aimed at achieving the following objectives:

  1. To improve the professional, intercultural and language competences of the participating youth workers.
  2. By developing the human resources of the organizations involved strengthen their capacities in better addressing the topic of global environmental challenges and climate change in their youth work.
  3. To develop and apply in practice creative youth non-formal environmental education activities fostering youth concerns for global environmental challenges and climate change both in Romania and Lithuania.
  4. To empower young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, to actively raise questions about global environmental challenges and climate change, to equip them with journalistic tools and critical thinking skills that would (1) empower them to participate in environmental public discussions (2) improve their employment possibilities.
  5. To promote the participation of Lithuanian and Romanian youth in European mobility programme (YiA, other lifelong learning programmes) enhancing their spirit for initiative, creativity and professional competences.

All the activities planned will adhere to the principle of non-formal education. The target group of school students in rural areas was chosen for the project because according to statistical data, both in Romania and in Lithuania the access to non-formal education is very poor, especially in rural areas. In general, even 30 % of Lithuanian school children are not involved in any non-formal education activities. The situation is similar in Romania.

Even though both Romanian and Lithuanian formal education curricula has adapted the concept of education of general competences and life skills and even have a program of “sustainable development” ready which can be integrated in lessons, teachers have little training in active experiential methods and little experience on how to educate young people on global environmental challenges, climate change and sustainable development. This project addressed attitudes and behavior patterns of young people, by activating young people’s perceptiveness to their most immediate daily environment –the school, the classroom, the hallways, the road home – school; moreover, experiential project activities connected and shifted young people’s critical thinking skills from local environmental questions to the global environmental picture.

In relation to tangible results, both organizations involved in the project strengthened their capacities to initiate and develop innovative and creative youth projects addressing the topic of global environmental challenges and climate change in the target groups they are working with. Furthermore, both organizations deepened their youth work practice in the field of working with schools on non-formal environmental education activities.

Besides that by promoting the spirit of initiative and creativity, by developing competences of young people and by providing information and the necessary training to access the European mobility programs, we believe that we have encouraged young people to launch their own local youth initiatives.

This project is inspired by the strong belief that all the mentioned activities will contribute to the professionalization of the youth work in Europe and will deepen the non-formal education practice on global environmental challenges and climate change. We expect that all organizations involved in the project will strengthen their capacities to initiate and develop creative, inspirational youth projects addressing non-formal education on global environmental challenges and climate change. Another belief is to strengthen the partnership and international cooperation of involved organizations, also to strengthen the European dimension in their activities, for a European dialogue and mutual understanding among young people in Europe.

Project results will be widely disseminated with the planned creative visibility strategy and follow up activities in Romania and Lithuania.

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