YRE workshop in Slovakia: Focus on the SDGs

The YRE Slovakia workshop, held in Trenčín October 2018, was marked by the 17 goals of AGENDA 2030. It was a great success: lots of participants, new schools, new posters and postcards with SDGs, practical photo-workshop for students in the streets of Trenčín, and finally a motivation speech inviting young people to become a driving force for a sustainable future.

To help schools work better with the goals, brand new visuals have been distributed – two different posters for teachers, and a postcard for reporters. One poster (one side of the postcard) represents photographs on SDGs from the summer YRE workshop in Smižany. The second poster (back side of the postcard) shows the individual goals.

In the second part of the workshop, the group split in two parts. Young reporters had a practical workshop on street photography, focused on the goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Teachers have been introduced to SDGs lesson plans elaborated by the international YRE office.

In the final part of the workshop, young environmental activist Tadeáš Žďárský presented a student initiative called Sustainable Palacký. The reporters were enthusiastic to hear about the practical activities for sustainability carried out by students at the Palacký University in Olomouc. For example, the "Refill your bottle" label for shops indicating that customers are welcome to use tap water for free.

Finally, we would like to thank our 19-year-old reporter, Matej Majerský, who has become a great helper in the program: he produced a short promo video about the program, created posters and cards Agenda 2030 and led a photo-workshop for reporters. Together with Adriana Henčeková, multiple winner in YRE competition, they are our ambassadors of the YRE program in Slovakia.