PULCHRA yesterday hosted an Inspiration Session for Open Schooling Together. Open Schooling Together is a collaboration of several projects in Europe working with open schooling. The theme of the session was ‘Exploring the positive impact on the environment that open schooling is having and has the potential to have’.
The project co-ordinator for PULCHRA, Constantinos Cartalis, introduced the theme and then described how the PULCHRA project is having a great positive impact on the environment.
Lenka Kleger, PULCHRA National Co-ordinator for the Czech Republic, then presented on the various PULCHRA projects across Europe and the wonderful environmental work being done in them.
We were delighted to get a really inspiring presentation from Jakub Randus and Tereza Bartáková, students from the PULCHRA project in Gymnazium (high school) Postupicka, Prague who presented on their project that is tackling litter issues in the community. Read more about it here: Don´t litter | Pulchra Schools (pulchra-schools.eu)
“The situation is not ideal and we must do something. We want to educate people.” Wise words from Tereza and Jakub, students from Czech Republic.
Finally for PULCHRA’s section we were joined by Dr. Evgenia Patsilinakou, a teacher from a PULCHRA project in A’ Arsakeion Lyceum Psychico, Athens who talked about a PULCHRA project in her school and how the principles of open schooling was working in well with their environmental project and the impact it was having.
Next, we had a section from Schools As Living Labs (SALL). Here Yair Ben-Horin, SALL National Co-ordinator, Israel, presented on the approach the project is taking with open schooling and its link the environment. He was joined by a teacher from a school in Israel who talked about how SALL was working in her school with amazing actions on the environment. Yvoni Pavlou, SALL National Co-ordinator, Cyprus then presented on the work of SALL in schools in Cyprus with some amazing examples of actions for the environment taken there also.
In the Open Science Hubs section Cristina Olivotto, National Coordinator of OSHub-Switzerland, talked about the OSHubs project in Switzerland involving schools working with stakeholders to explore the local water quality.
“Environment is the perfect topic to start new projects and make a connection with students and teachers. As it’s an issue that must be tackled by the community, it also offers a natural role to all children” said Cristina Olivotto
At the end of the session, attendees left inspired by all the fantastic work that is being done in all the projects and the obvious impact it is having on the environment. Connections were made between projects and new collaborations formed. A very worthwhile and fruitful event for all.