Our City is Our Home (Interreg) (Our City is Our Home..)
Our City is Our Home (Interreg)
Date du début: 28 févr. 2006,
Date de fin: 30 déc. 2007
The two-year old friendship school activities of the Sortavala School No.1 and the Joensuu Lyceum had brought with them the need for a new cooperation project that would generally aim at increasing the environmental knowledge of young people, find new ideas for a pupil-based design of and influence on school environments and cross-border cooperation amongst the young. The aim was also that the pupils on both sides of the border would participate in the design and implementation work of their schoolyard, thus having an opportunity to participate in the development of their own environment of activities. The renovated school environment of the Sortavala School No.1 would set an example for the Republic of Karelia as a whole. Achievements: The school pupils environmental attitudes were surveyed with a two-stage questionnaire. The schools were assigned their own influence groups by young people, who organised environmental activities in their respective schools. Environmental education and participation training was also organised for the young on a pass-or-fail basis in various school subjects. Environmental seminars were organised for teachers, where specialists provided advice on how environment issues can be discussed in connection with various subjects. The environment centre gave lectures to young people about environmental education in Russia. Some Russian young people started as a hobby to do research with the guidance of the specialists of the environment centre, and one youth was awarded for youth research work on the curly birches of Sortavala. The participants of the schools infl uence groups attended four joint educational Finnish and Russian environment camps. In one of the camps, the results of the attitude surveys were presented to the pupils. The camps were natural meeting places for Finnish and Russian young people and good opportunities to share experiences and to get to know the neighbouring culture. The camps, training and events supported the young peoples concepts about themselves as part of the nature and society and the creation of positive emotional bonds and respect with their own living environment and life on earth, as well as the young peoples knowledge about environmental problems and their background, and the learning of more environmentally responsible and sustainable action models. The second part of the project was the improvement of young peoples enjoyment of the school environment. In Finland, the pupils can have a say about the design of their schoolyards. The pupils in Russia also participated in the renovation of their schoolyards and neighbourhoods. In addition to the school yard, a park and a beach were renovated, a stone park and a summer theatre were built and school activities were increased. Based on a park vegetation survey, the plant life of the park was restored to that of the 1950s, and 77 varieties of the 78 plants in those days still exist in the park. The pupils did the planting mainly by themselves, with the guidance of the teachers, and also actively participated in other maintenance work in the environment. All the planned equipment has been acquired for the park, including a fountain, lighting, benches etc. A documentary will be made about the activities of the project.
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