Unfortunately, the Romanian Government has just started making small steps towards mandatory formal education in the field of environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Last year, the Green Week, a week of extra curricular activites designed in the formal curricula of any pupil in school, was introduced; but the materials and knowhow lacked.
Future Plus (Viitor Plus) provided, for the teachers, 4 webinars but that was not enough. Only 6000 teacher (3% of the Romanian teachers) used our materials in their classes. So, when NGO Academy issued the Community Led Events call, we immediately knew that this is a great way to reach much more students by spreading the word and knowledge we use to our fellow NGOs. And it worked – through our event we reached almost 200 beneficiaries and multipliers, with the help of 17 different NGOs (and are stil counting).
This summer, between 25-27th of August, we invited 21 of our environmental and educational enthusiastic fellow community workers in Busteni, Prahova, to share the methods and exercises we developed in 17 years of working with nonformal education in developing sustainable communities. The event was named Our climate. Our future, and it was at a second edition, the first one working with 12 teachers, the previous year, had 2700 beneficiaries. It was a great way to learn by doing and, most of all, by reflecting on themes like climate change issues, circular economy and the importance of forests, as one of the solutions.