In the charming town of Kozani, Greece, the “Green Out of the Box” program, part of the European project EUTeensS4Green, has taken its first steps towards fostering environmental stewardship and non-formal education. This innovative initiative, implemented by the youth organization “GO Alive,” is designed to ignite a passion for sustainability among secondary school students and their educators. Let’s delve into the exciting details of the project’s first implementation and the ongoing challenge.
The First Implementation (October 18th)
On October 18th, the “Green Out of the Box” program was officially launched in Kozani. The implementation began at a local high school, setting the stage for a thrilling two-week adventure. The “GO Alive” team divided into two groups, each with a unique mission to accomplish.
Engaging the Students:
One group was tasked with engaging the students directly. They began by delivering a comprehensive presentation, introducing the project’s objectives and the concept of “green challenges.” The presentation set the stage for the students, creating awareness and enthusiasm for the project.
A highlight of this student-focused session was the “Mission Impossible” game. In this game, students were divided into teams, with each team taking on various tasks related to environmental challenges. The game served both to educate and entertain, reinforcing the key concepts of the project.
To make the project more tangible, the Physical Box was unveiled. This interactive element of the project showcased the contents of the box and provided a glimpse of the challenges it held. The students were left with a sense of anticipation for what lay ahead.
Simultaneously, the other group focused on the educators of the high school. They conducted an informative and engaging informal education session. The session kicked off with name games and energizers to create a lively and participatory atmosphere.
The educators were then introduced to the “GO Alive” team responsible for the “Green Out of the Box” project. The team provided insights into the project’s goals and activities. A key component of this session was the introduction of “Green Comp,” the European sustainability competency framework. Educators learned how “Green Comp” would be integrated into the project over the coming months, ensuring a lasting impact on students’ sustainability education.
The Current Challenge:
As of now, the “Green Out of the Box” project has settled into the 6th Gymnasium of Kozani’s high schools. Students have a two-week window to find a solution to the current “green” challenge. This challenge serves as a practical application of the knowledge and skills they gained during the first implementation.
In addition to addressing the current challenge, the students are tasked with brainstorming a new “green” challenge. This challenge will be presented to the next school, ensuring that the spirit of sustainability continues to spread and evolve.
At the end of the session, each student received a notebook for taking notes and a bookmark bearing the project’s name, serving as a constant reminder of their commitment to environmental stewardship.
As the Green Box remains in the high school for one week, the students’ creative thinking and problem-solving abilities will be put to the test. The entire community eagerly anticipates the innovative solutions the students will come up with during this exciting challenge.
Stay tuned for updates on the “Green Out of the Box” project as it continues to inspire the youth of Kozani to think outside the box for a greener, more sustainable future.