Presentation of the Project partners:
Applicant Organisation: Zrínyi Miklós – Bolyai János Primary School – Nagykanizsa, Hungary
Primary School Zrínyi Miklós-Bolyai János was founded back in 1869 in Nagykanizsa. It is located in the town centre and is considered as second home for over 400 children. The school strongly believes in teaching methods based on traditional human values and intends to adapt their pedagogies on a regular basis to constantly changing learning needs and challenges, as well as to parents’ expectations. In line with the pedagogical framework, school pays special attention to the following educational areas: mathematics, Hungarian and foreign languages, information technologies and sports. Besides the mandatory subjects, pupils can opt for complementary language classes already in the first year of their school life.
Teachers are highly committed to provide education with help of the most innovative tools and methods and besides applying direct and indirect educational methods, they are encouraged to introduce innovative teaching approaches to make learning more entertaining i.e. project-based learning, collaborative learning, computer-supported learning, etc. The institution is widely known since aspects like child-centred teaching, personalised learning or individual support according to needs and preferences of each child in a lifelong learning perspective are highly encouraged by teachers.
Project partner: IMRO-DDKK Nonprofit Ltd. , Nagykanizsa, Hungary
IMRO-DDKK was founded in 2009 with the aim of providing effective support to environment-friendly policies and initiatives mainly in the geographic areas of Western and Sothern Transdanubia and the border regions of the neighbouring countries (Croatia, Slovenia and Austria) by carrying out a number of projects focused on the protection of the environment, the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficient solutions. IMRO also implements activities which foster the environmentally conscious thinking by applying sustainable lifestyle education methods.
IMRO has participated in numerous EU-funded projects (Austrian-Hungarian Cross-border Cooperation Program, EuropeAid and Erasmus+ Programmes) focused on the organization of a series of events including outdoor educational activities, lectures, courses and campaigns for awareness-raising related to topics such as environment protection, climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability. IMRO-DDKK also developed and implemented different thematic training materials. The organization has years of expertise in developing and implementing informal outdoor educational activities for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children in order to bringing them closer to nature while fostering an environment- and climate-friendly thinking among them.
Project partner: University of Maribor – Faculty of Energy Technology – Velenje, Slovenia
The University of Maribor is the second biggest and the second oldest university in Slovenia. Around 18 000 students study at the University of Maribor. It has seventeen faculties which offer undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. The Faculty of Energy Technology is one of youngest members of University of Maribor. The faculty began regular operation immediately following its establishment with the Decision of the National Assembly on 22 June 2007. The pedagogic process at the Faculty of Energy Technology was first carried out during the academic year 2008/09. The Faculty operates at two locations, in Krško and Velenje. The headquarters of the Faculty are in Krško, while the permanent dislocated unit is located in Velenje. Both locations are the largest energy pools in Slovenia, with Nuclear power plant Krško and hydro power plants on Sava river and the biggest Slovenian thermal power plant in Šoštanj, Velenje.
Internationalization plays an important role; the University encourages student and staff mobility and active participation in international associations, networks and projects, and at the same time it promotes and protects Slovenian language, national identity, heritage and culture. The University aims to promote partnerships with businesses, governmental and non-governmental and other institutions in society to enrich university teaching, research and creative activity; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic and ethical values, and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; respect ecological and environmental issues; promote sustainability in development; and contribute to the public good.
Project partner: DOŠ I LENDAVA, Lendva, Slovenia
School is the largest bilingual school in the mixed nationality Mura Region, and one of the largest in the whole country. It has 506 students in 30 classes, but a few decades ago the number of students was nearly a thousand. The number of employees is slightly over one hundred. School became one of the Slovenian Eco- and Unesco-Schools a few years ago, and it has had the title of Research School for ten years. The most recent title school has won is Healthy School.
Besides passing on and receiving knowledge, the basis of a responsible attitude to nature also includes actively changing the behaviour towards and treatment of nature. The methodologically and internationally comparable programme of the Eco-School uses interdisciplinary connections to educate children for life, and includes the development of a responsible relationship with the environment, nature and existence. The eco-team of the school focuses on a different topic each year. They realize their ideas in various activities.
The special feature of school is bilingual education. Teachers teach in Slovenian and Hungarian in the lessons. Both languages are also separate subjects, which are taught as a native and as a second language.
Project partner: Focus Eco center, Targu Mures, Romania
Focus Eco Center is a non governmental organization established in 1994 in Tg. Mures, Romania. The organization is working as an eco counselling and environmental education centre, with 4-5 staff members, depending on the financial resources. The work of the organization is focusing to the information of the population of different categories concerning the sustainable development and the environmental problems. The organisation is working mainly at regional level in the region Central Transylvania but is involved also in projects at national and international level. Focus is operating also a field study and sustainable practices demonstration centre, where the visitors can study the use of renewable energies and sustainable practices. This centre is situated in the Niraj microregion where Focus Eco Center in cooperation with the local council from Galesti realised the “Galesti, climate friendly village” project.
Focus was participating in development of educational programs for students and as well for adults. Focus Eco Center is involved in regional development projects in the region Central Transylvania, by supporting several towns to elaborate the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, and in microregional level in the microregion Niraj where the organisation supported the local community to elaborate the LEADER strategy.
Project partner: Scoala Gimnaziala “Szentivani Mihaly”, Galesti, Romania
This school is a general school, it is a public institution. It has three structures, two elementary schools , 4 kindergarten and another secondary school. Totally it has 272 pupils (aged between 3-15 years, 69 children are between 9-11 years old). School’s main scope is to develop practical skills and to give useful knowledge to the pupils. They would like to offer an environment where they can fill safe and they can discover different domains of the study in a creative way and to motivate them to maintain the traditions and to remain always open to the world, to the new. School puts accent on the quality and not to the quantity. School tries to follow the national curriculum in such a way that to provoke children’s curiosity. This is why teachers pay attention on so many extracurricular activities.
From the kindergarten to the 8th grade in every level they find out about nature, they learn interdisciplinary what and how is nature, and about the importance taking care of it.