Preschool teachers' training, January 2020
Between 23 and 26 of January 2020, the next teachers’ training for kindergartens took place in Sofia, as part of the BEACON project. The event was organised by the National Trust Ecofund, together with the National centre for improving the qualification of pedagogical specialists and the Independent Environment Institute (UfU) from Berlin.
The participating teachers have received certificates and credits accordingly. The lectors were from Sofia University and UfU.
In total 30 kindergarten teachers participated. Some of them are from 12 new to the project kindergartens from Burgas, and 1 from Sofia. They all will start implementing the energy saving program. From the ones who are already participating and were trained in June 2019, teachers from 8 kindergartens and schools took part, from Burgas, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Radanovo and Gabrovo.
The event was organised specially aimed at the work of teachers in kindergartens due to demand and interest from the teachers, as well as to the decision of Burgas municipality to introduce the energy saving initiative to all its schools and kindergartens.
During the training, activities suitable for preschool aged children were demonstrated and tried by the teachers. The option to discuss (“philosophically”) with the children about the abstract topic of climate and energy was emphasized. Practical gamified activities were presented, that would leave impact on the children and their future habits, forming the basis for a climate-aware behaviour.
The event generated many discussions about the development of the initiative in Bulgaria and sharing of new ideas among the participants.
Study Visit Berlin 2019
In the period 22-26.09.2019, a study visit, part of the BEACON project, took place in Berlin, Germany. NTEF participates in the project together with another 8 organisations from 7 countries.
The Bulgarian group consisted of ten school principals from two municipalities – Pavel Banya and Veliko Tarnovo, the directors of Regional Inspectorate for Education in Valiko Tarnovo and Stara Zagora, as well as the directors for education from both municipalities. A representative of the National Institute for Training of Teachers participated as well. The group was completed by two representatives of NTEF.
Host of the study visit was UfU (Independent Institute for the Environment) Berlin, partner of NTEF for the educational initiatives.
The visit’s purpose was to learn from the German experience in introducing activities in the schools that aim at changing the students’ behavior in terms of energy efficiency, as well as getting to know the related activities in the municipal administrations and regional departments of the Ministry of Education.
The participants exchanged knowledge and experience with teachers and principals from two schools, visited an innovative study center for energy efficiency and a school laboratory with experiments demonstration.
The time spent in Berlin served as well to provide opportunity for the Bulgarian participants to discuss between themselves ideas for the future development of the initiative in Bulgaria.
The event resulted in several new ideas and inspiration for future actions in the Bulgarian schools.
BEACON Events 2018
The week of 22-26 October was full of events dedicated to the practical implementation of the BEACON Action Plan. On October 23 and 24th, partners from the Environmental Institute (UfU) conducted training for teachers and technicians from the 15 schools that will be involved in the project.
During the training, on October 25, 2018 a demonstration energy tour was held at Primary School "P. R. Slaveikov ", Veliko Tarnovo. There were representatives from the partner schools from the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, as well as teachers and technicians from the schools in the municipality of Pavel Banya.
An Introductory Seminar for Project Stakeholders was held on the last working day of the week. Representatives of the Ministries of Environment and Water, Education and Science, and the Health Ministry, Representatives of the Local Administration of Sofia Municipality, Lyulin District and Municipality of Samokov, as well as the directors of the Lyulin schools in Sofia and Samokov municipality, who participate in the project. The seminar was dedicated to incentives and motivation to implement energy efficiency education programs, and a common understanding of a future model was achieved in the implementation of energy saving activities in Bulgarian schools.