The Project

Context of the project

What could be the role of education in the valorization and preservation of our cultural and natural heritage? How young people can participate to the green transition of our territories?

How can they represent their territory with their own characteristics and become the “ambassadors” of their diversity, at the local level but also at the European one?

An effective green transition requires the involvement of a diversity of stakeholders: local public authorities, NGOs, citizens…but we shouldn’t forget the young generation. Raising awareness on climate change and the environment (both natural and cultural) among youth is essential to build the world of tomorrow.

Young people of our area are tomorrow’s players! Meanwhile, they spent most of their week time in class, studying, learning and discovering…with the help of their teachers. Thus, the class could be the perfect learning environment to raise awareness on natural and cultural environment and climate challenges. These topics do not have to be studied as a new academic discipline but could and should be addressed through classic topics: history, geography, biology, sciences, mathematics…

Moreover, learning through concrete and local examples is often the best way to reach young people. Our aim is to address the environment challenge starting from our respective local framework (young people living areas) before building bridges between our European territories facing common challenges: how to protect and highlight our natural and cultural heritage? How to encourage our young people to remain in our areas and to be involved in green professions? How to raise awareness on environmental issues? How to mobilize our citizens and notably the young generation on climate change challenges?

General Objectives

The general and main objectives of the project are the following:
• To raise awareness of young people to make them realize of the natural and cultural diversity of their environment/territory;
• To raise awareness of young people to help them to understand the local, national and European stakes regarding climate change and the consequences on their close environment;
• To help young people to become drivers of change to better protect their environment and territory (now and in the future by encouraging them in chosing green jobs);
• To enable them to be “ambassadors” of their territory to represent it both locally and at the European scale, being able to present their area, its environment, history, biodiversity,
• natural and cultural heritage and being able to explain and convince of the necessity to protect it.

Needs and target groups to be addressed

Our direct target groups are teachers, trainers and educators. To meet our objectives and their needs, our project aims to provide them with concrete tools and pedagogical methodologies. To encourage teachers/trainers to use local and concrete examples, we will also develop pedagogical resources and learning materials that could be used directly in class and that will be adapted regarding the age/grade of the pupils/students.

Our indirect target groups (final beneficiaries) are pupils. We plan to address to the 2 following age/grades:
• Last two grades of elementary/primary schools: 10 to 12 years old.
• Secondary school: 12-15 years old.