Let’s Think Sustainably – Teaching Youth for Sustainable Community Development

Trough the project ˝Let’s Think Sustainably – Teaching Youth for Sustainable Community Development˝ we strengthened contribution of associations to sustainable development (SD) through training of secondary school students on principles of SD and encourage their inclusion in life of local communities in Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek.

Young people are driving forces of each society and their active participation in social life is a generator of development. For personal development of students, it is important that their attitude towards information and knowledge is critical. We were developed this by applying different strategies of teaching for critical thinking and through their activities in school and community.

Teachers were educated so that they can, in synergy with associations, encourage future generations to reflect and be more involved in SD of their community.

Main activities:

  • SD Academy for teachers
  • Education of students on SD and volunteering
  • Involvement of 500 students in activities in schools and community volunteering
  • Educational package, which can be used in other schools.

Replication of the outcomes is possible in other schools. Sustained effect was achieved through Curriculum for SD, educational materials, volunteer clubs, etc.

Results of project

  • designed and conducted 8 trainings for sustainable development and volunteering

  • a total of 841 students participated

  • designed and implemented Student meeting with interactive work and exercises on examples of good practice in which 32 students participated

  • 30 high school teachers from Rijeka and the surrounding area, Zagreb, Split and Osijek participated in the modular training program.

  • 5 two-day training blocks of the Academy of Sustainable Development for Teachers were held

  • A total of 15 events were held in schools

  • Conducted 2 panel discussions

  • Conducted 10 volunteer actions

  • Sustainable Development Charter prepared

  • Made 3 videos about volunteering

Project coordinator: ODRAZ – Sustainable Community Development

Partners: Association for Civil Society Development SMART, Association “MI˝ – Split, Osijek Volunteer Center, 1st Gymnasium Osijek, The Private High School for Arts Zagreb and School of Design, Graphics and Sustainable Construction Split

Duration of the project: 10 June 2019 – 10 June 2021

Total project value: 1.438.238,51 HRK

Financing: The project is 90% co-financed through the Swiss-Croatian cooperation program as a support to the strengthening of the contribution of civil society organizations to education for sustainable development for the improvement of economic and social cohesion in the amount of 1.294.414,66 HRK. Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

The views expressed in this text are the sole responsibility of ODRAZ and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.


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