Opening conference

Spojená škola in Detva organized a very successful opening conference of the project We think and teach ecologically. The project is implemented within the SK-KLÍMA Program and is aimed at raising awareness of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The project received a grant from Norway in the amount of € 25,816 and is co-financed in the amount of € 4,379 from the state budget of the Slovak Republic and € 1,600 from the Banská Bystrica Region.

The aim of the project is to modernize school curricula and implement technical measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change, increase environmental awareness of pupils and teachers and develop cooperation on environmental protection and creation at local, regional and international level, including the local community and organizations and professionals working in this area. In the project, we cooperate with primary schools in Hriňová, primary school in Kriván and primary school Obrancov mieru in Detva.

The opening conference took place online on May 19, 2021 and was attended by many interesting guests. Representatives of the Norwegian Embassy, the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, the State Nature Protection of the Slovak Republic, the Banská Bystrica Region, the UN Center in Vienna, Iuventa and other cooperating organizations were also present. Our presence was supported by primary and secondary schools from the region, as well as other grant recipients. We could even welcome representatives of all three cooperating Czech schools.

The whole conference was held in an environmental spirit. The introductory speech of the school principal and Norwegian Ambassador Terja Theodor Nervik was followed by a presentation of the SK-KLÍMA program, which was presented by the representative of the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, Ing. Denis Knotka. The founder was represented by Ing. Miroslav Martiš, director of the education department, who highlighted the school's motivation to increase pupils' environmental awareness.

Next presentations were done by representatives of the school and partners came. First, we presented our project and its planned activities. We will prepare a number of interesting activities such as worksheets, competitions, presentations or workshops. Teaching materials will focus on management based on regional resources, waste reduction or the use of alternative energy sources. At the same time, we will contribute to the implementation of specific technical measures with a positive impact on the climate. We will build a system of solar lighting, separated waste, water retention measures and implement several activities focused on organic farming. At the same time, external eco-classrooms will be established in schools. Information events at other primary and secondary schools will be a matter of course.

Two graduates of the school also spoke, presenting the projects with which they won the nationwide competition of the Embassy of Youth. Nikola Sekerešová, who is currently proud of the title of UN Youth Delegate for Slovakia, focused on the topic of social entrepreneurship and the sustainability goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. Recent graduate Ema Bahledová presented the idea of a waste-free city, family and school.

The continuity of the project was ensured by the presentation of the pupils of the Primary School in Kriván. Three pupils and future students of the Detva Business Academy presented us how their school contributes to the preservation of the environment.

Experts spoke after the junior window. First, the head of the Vydrovo open-air museum, Ing. Michal Kofira, open-air museum and its educational function. He certainly motivated several people to visit the open-air museum and its interesting projects such as Studnička - Prameň J.D.Matejovie, Cestička bosou nohou, Stromová aleja EÚ EU. We believe that next school year we will be able to visit these beautiful places in person.

The conclusion of the conference was taken care of by doc. Ing. Rastislav Lagana, PhD. et PhD., lecturer of the civic association Life and Health, with the lecture Biowaste for growing local and healthy organic food. He attracted mainly amateur gardeners and inspired many to the idea of composting either in the garden or at home.

At the end of the conference, we set up our environmental mirror and analyzed our consumer habits such as waste sorting, mode of transport, ecological volunteering and shopping preferences. The results were not the worst, but we certainly still have big gaps in our behavior.

A year awaits us, during which we will implement individual project activities. We are convinced that their successful implementation will increase our responsibility to the environment.

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