Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON)

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.

Gallery from the Study Visit


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.

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