SLOVAKIA

Young Reporters decided to organize a Garbage Day for younger pupils with a goal to provide new knowledge, and an interesting experience.

The day started at the school club by gathering of all 3rd grade pupils. A presentation about wastes by Young Reporters was followed by a discussion about waste separation at home, and some common mistakes were pointed out.

Next came a surprise: pupils dressed up as garbage walking boxes - a blue one, red, green, and yellow. Each „box“ introduced itself, and what it „eats“. Then a mixture of wastes was emptied on the ground, and young pupils were asked to sort them out into corresponding boxes.

The day continued by creative workshops and garbage activities e.g. a „garbage path“ to experience various kinds of wastes barefoot, recognition of wastes with a blindfold, and finally search for a treasure, guarded by a waste mummy.  

Older pupils built up compost bins from old wooden pallets to produce compost at the school garden.  

At the end of the day, each classroom received a new bin for collection of organic waste.

Article written by Young Reporters: http://www.mladireporteri.sk/den-odpadov&theme=litterless 

 

SLOVAKIA

Young Reporters from Zakladna skola Ing. O. Kozucha decided to take another step in order to reduce amount of waste at their school. They identified organic waste as the biggest problem (paper waste, milk cartons, plastics, glass, aluminium cans, electric waste, and batteries have been already collected for recycling).

The pupils first addressed the canteen manager and found out that peels from fruits and vegetables are dumped as communal waste, though there is a compost pile in the school garden. They suggested to change the habit.

To find out if their classmates would be willing to collect remains of fruit to extra bins, they prepared a short questionnaire, and addressed more than 180 pupils.

Based on good results, new waste bins have been bought, and installed in three places: next to the entrance to school canteen, at the change-room for pupils, and in front of the school. Above the bins, a poster with instructions has been placed.

Further pupils negotiated with the headmaster the interval of emptying the bins, and that they will be responsible for this job.

Pupils believe that thanks to implementation of organic-waste collection, there will be enough compost for planting more medicinal herbs.

Article written by Young Reporters: http://www.mladireporteri.sk/co-s-bioodpadom-zo-skolskej-jedalne-0&theme=litterless 

 

ROMANIA

All the stages of the campaign were very interesting and stimulating, but the most memorable moment was the dissemination of the campaign’s products towards the children's parents and representatives of the local community. Each of the participants presented his product to the audience, he/she explained how he/she made it and on what purpose. The students were very enthusiastic in teaching their parents the lesson of saving nature by collecting waste material selectively and presenting them the real damage caused to the environment by careless people. They showed to the audience the results of their investigation and the solutions they proposed. The photos, models, clothes made from waste material and articles were very appreciated by the parents and the representatives of the local community and the children were very proud of their work.

ROMANIA

COMMUNITY ACTION DAY AT THE “MIHAI EMINESCU” GYMNASIUM SCHOOL IN ROMAN

The dissemination of the Litter Less Campaign took place in the school and in the local community on 28th of March 2017. The activity was held in the school's festivity hall.

All the 53 students involved, organized in 17 teams, the 3 coordinators, the school principal, the teachers, parents, as well as pupils from other classes that were interested in the project, participated in the community action day.

The Litter Less Project 2016-2017 was presented, the school that are involved, the national coordinator, the steps taken in the project implementation, the selection of students, designating the teams, the materials made by all the 17 groups of students and also Power Point presentations.

The activity was made by organizing an exhibition with all the photos captured by students following their own investigations; Each team, through their representatives, presented their own environmental investigations, with the negative issues that were identified in our community, with the solutions they proposed in their own journalistic studies (articles); All products closely followed the theme of Litter Less; Pupils answered the questions of the other participants in the activity; At the same time, the video slideshow of the photos and the videos made by the students were presented at the video projector.

The sources where the dissemination took place were presented, but also the methods in which all the materials were made were brought to the attention of the school, local and national community.

The dissemination of this action was done using:

https://unmediusanatosincepecunoi.wordpress.com/campania-litter-less-2016-2017/community-action-day/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=380725065645183&id=100011230775632

Roman TV channel

 

SLOVAKIA

Mládežnícka elementary school in Púchov organized the local Community Action Day on April 27, 2017. The event was organized as Zelený jarmok (green fair) in the pedestrian zone of Púchov. In total, 25 ecologically-oriented info-stands and workshops for children were open to visitors. The aim was to show that children are deeply concerned about the environment. Participants of the Green Fair: five Primary Schools, two Secondary Schools, Technical University from Trenčín, Chmelinec Social Services Center, and Včielka school environmental club. Pupils focused especially on composting and the recycled art.

 A well-known Slovak singer Peter Bažík was the main attraction of the CAD. Based on the lyrics written by a student Martin Opat, Peter composed the music. The song has become "The Hymn of the Green Fair”, and it has been presented on the stage – students together with the singer – for three times. Concert of Peter Bažík attracted to the event more than 500 participants, in spite of rainy and cold weather. If everything goes well, the song will be sampled in the studio soon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJCRqceTIec .

 

SLOVAKIA

The Young reporters from Gymnázium Školská organized their first Community Action Day on April 26, 2017. They focused on the youngest ones: children from three kindergartens and three elementary schools took part.

First, YRE program was introduced, then pupils tried sorting out the waste properly. Kids also became familiar with the story of a beverage can. Finally, old beverage cans were used to make a memorial objedct.

Part of the students worked in the schoolyard. They cleaned it from artificial and biological waste. Another group of students created an artistic work from used yogurt caps. As a result, a nice image of a fish floating between the corals has been created.

The whole day was shot by the camera that was purchased for this purpose. The video made by a YR Adriána Henčeková has been accepted by the regional TV Reduta http://www.snv.sk/archiv/?video=170509-4.

KAZAKHSTAN

The first containers for the collection of plastic wastes appeared in residential areas of the city of Taraz this year. "The collected garbage is sent for processing to Kostanay and Chelyabinsk, where polyester fiber is used for the production of synthetic materials (holofiber, sintepon) for agriculture, medicine and road construction," says the director of KazEcology, Eldar Malayev.
Students of Secondary school №38 named after 30 years of Victory took an active part in the promotion of waste sorting. In the framework of the Litter Less Campaign, Eco-committee of the school headed by Madina Bisengaliyeva, the director of this educational institution, together with the "KazEcology" company  has done extensive work in the school, microdistrict and city. The students not only arranged the sorting of plastic and paper in their school, but also agitated the inhabitants of the 2nd microdistrict and the whole city, stuck out leaflets, explained how important is to preserve the cleanliness of the environment.

KAZAKHSTAN

S. Seyfullin Secondary School (Burabay village),  which joined this year's Litter Less campaign, was a meeting place for participants from other schools: L. Tolstoy School-Gymnasium #4 and Y. Gagarin Secondary school from Stepnogorsk city. In addition, other schools, who are not participants of the YRE programme yet, but are interested in it, were invited to the meeting: Chshuchinsk secondary schools № 1, 2 and 6, Zelenoborsk school and Okazhetpes school.
At this meeting, YRE students and teacher shared experience  and result of their work in Litter Less campaign , as well as conducted training workshops for students of different age. The primary school students learned to create a filter for water from improvised means, students of 5-7 grades were involved in active game and the older ones discussed the topic "The ideal reporter, the ideal article, the perfect photo and video" during workshop conducted by students and teachers from L. Tolstoy School-Gymnasium #4 .
 "Throughout the event, there was a feeling of benevolence, openness, attention genuine interest, activity and enthusiasm of children in the performance of tasks," -  Viktor Maslov, one of workshop leaser, expressed his opinion on the event.

 

NEW ZEALAND

Five schools from the Rotorua area are incorporating a community action day event into an existing annual ceremony called the One Chance Youth Awards.  These awards celebrate young people doing amazing things in their community.  There will be representatives from each school who will be raising awareness about the importance of keeping their local area beautiful and promoting the local branch (Keep Rototua Beautiful).  There will be over 400 students at the event and some of the students will be filming this event as part of their YRE projects.

NEW ZEALAND

Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school held discussions about litter problems they see and what they’d like to do about them, the girls came up with the idea of making cotton/beeswax sandwich wraps to sell to try and replace all the ‘glad wrap’ being used in lunchboxes and at the cafeteria on campus.

There is a higher goal to try and persuade the on-site cafeteria (part of University of Canterbury) to use ‘Happywraps’ (the name of their product) to sell with their sandwiches rather than wrap them in plastic wrap.  The idea is similar to the sustainable takeaway coffee cups that people can buy instead of using cardboard cups each time.   There are also plans to sell the wraps at a local preschool that is having a ‘litter-less’ lunchbox focus this term.