When: 6th – 13th September 2010
Where: Piwniczna Zdroj, Poland
Who: OA PTTK (Poland) with support of Youth and Environment Europe
The Youth Exchange ‘Learning from each other – games from environmental education’ took place in September 2010 in Polish mountains and lasted 7 days. It involved 5 organisations from several European countries which work in the field of youth and environmental work, especially environmental education. 24 participants from Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland joined the youth exchange.
They used the principle of ‘learning from each other’ to exchange ideas, experience and best practices from environmental education through workshops prepared by each of the organisations taking part in the youth exchange. Every day one participating organisation made a presentation and practical workshops using the method ‘learning by doing’ that we consider the best for presenting games and activities from environmental education. During these activities each organisation presented its best practises, the most effective methods they use in their work with youth (for example: environmental and educative games, various outdoor activities). The aim was to transmit the most successful and inventive practises to other organisations and to improve and vary the everyday work of the youth NGOs. To reach also other organisations with the results of the project, we prepared the booklet 'Games for Nature'with all games and activities presented during the youth exchange.
- to spread good practices and methods from environmental education;
- to promote environmental education as important way of educating children and youth about nature;
- to learn through practice;
- to show young people that they can learn things in new, enjoyable ways (by participating in teaching and experimenting);
- to teach new techniques, games to young people and to make them encouraged to practise them in their organisations in an attempt to improve the life of their community;
- to teach young people interesting activities and widen their field of work;
- to give youth inspiration for establishing new methods of work in the environmental education.
This project was funded by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.