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Bucharest City Hall, through the Ecological and Civic Education Office, pays special attention to the achievement of responsible attitudes, both proper and lasting, concerning the importance of environmental issues.

This office has, for ten years now, carried out intense activities in the area of education, addressed to children in public schools (also including high schools and colleges). The thinking was that the basis of their activity would target a wide range of actions in the environmental domain, especially the extension of formal youth education – from the public teaching system, to an informal education, meant to identify practical solutions to educate them on ecological behavior through creative methods. This education is able to convince the children to make the step from the basic level as a nature lover to the action level as a keeper and defender of the environment, by presenting the attitudes and skills training necessary for understanding the interrelations between people, culture and the environment.

Three major groups have been identified as important targets: kindergartens, elementary schools and the high-school system. The environmental education office supported lessons in a participatory and interdisciplinary manner for nearly 2000 children per year. The themes presented included: natural resources, biodiversity and global warming, using as the main method thematic discussion groups, which focused on data centralisation specific to different age groups. The accumulation of knowledge has been managed, and is necessary to emphasise the positive evolution of the ecological attitude of the children who participated in these workshops. The short programmes were administered through interactive lessons, addressed to the three target groups, using a variety of topics from the complex problem of environmental protection, according to the age of the chosen group.

Since last year, taking into account the results, both quantitative and qualitative, the project has acquired a new dimension, from the multipliers point of view. Beginning with this year, they are building a volunteer team at the high school level in order to involve them as trainers for children at the middle level. It has been observed that the best method to disseminate information to young children is that of sharing it through older pupils, who become role models. This method aids in developing self-confidence among the youngest, which in turn will expand the breadth of this project. From the analysis of the centralised data of their ten year project, ever-improving means of informal education can be acertained. This enables them to answer the children’s continuously new questions.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Education (higher and lower), training and learning
Type of activity:
Keywords: Environmental protection, dissemination of knowledge, ecologist behaviour, get informed, be aware, new attitude, skills, promotion, awareness, volunteers
Short English description: Bucharest City Hall, through the Ecological and Civic Education Office, pays special attention to the achievement of responsible attitudes, both proper and lasting, concerning the importance of environmental issues.
Further information
Organisation: Bucharest City Hall
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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