Eco-Life is our Style
The children at Kindergarten Vodmat and Koseze Primary School in Ljubljana, Slovenia, have been interested in the environment for years. With the implementation of the Regional Summer Academy “Eco-Life is our Style”, they had opportunity to realize their ideas.
»School is one of the most important places for our pupils. If they become aware of the problems in the school and learn how to make their voices heard and change things as members of our school community, they will be able to do it also in a larger context outside the school«.
In this way Regional Summer Academy alumni tutors Lorieta, Darja and Janja explain the overall idea behind their project »Eco-Life is our Style« which involves both a kindergarten and a primary school in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Starting their project, team members Janja, Darja and Lorieta, knew that the children were interested in ecology. A few years earlier the students had come up with different ideas to make the school more environmentally friendly. Coming back from the 2015 Regional Summer Academy in Montenegro, they encouraged the student council to build on these ideas. The students decided they wanted to create an outdoor classroom with herbs and trees. They believed this would make classes more interesting and concrete.
With help from their team of teachers, the students acquired the skills to make a plan to realize their ideas. Parents contributed with materials and students used the handicraft lessons to make eco chairs and tables from wood. During citizenship lesson their local action was placed in a wider context where they learned about global problems and how they themselves could contribute to a better life on our planet.
The children in the Kindergarten also got involved and were encouraged to open their senses for the nature in their surroundings. With help from an architect, they also designed plans for changes at the playground and made a model of it.
At the end of March, the Kindergarten and the school had an open day where parents and others were invited for a concert and were shown the work the children had done.