The Regional Environmental Center had the pleasure of hosting a group of 48 secondary school students and 20 teachers from Serbia today. This visit is one of the many organized within the study visit supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia for participants of the Europa Diary competition, with their creative and innovative works (literature, art, journal, video, photo and multimedia) dealing with the subject of EU and Serbia.
The visit has begun by the state-of-the-art training and demonstration of the REC conference center that aims for zero emissions, and it was followed by the presentation of Ms. Gordana Kozhuharova, REC Advisor, on the brief history of the REC, ways in it is functioning and presentation of the ongoing projects, as well as its achievements.
The presentation of REC’s achievements in the area of Education for Sustainable Development, specifically interesting to the young people, was delivered by Ms. Kornelija Radovanovikj, REC Senior Expert. During the interactive discussion that followed, she especially focused on innovative multimedia educational kit, the Green Pack, while students had many comments and questions with regards to this topic. Dilemma game, one of the tools from the Green Pack was an interesting and challenging way for students to work on specific tasks and learn about the environment on the way while divided in groups.
Visitors presented themselves through the photos that they participated in the Europa Diary competition with and mentioned how significant is one of the REC projects on local level in Serbia – the one implemented by the “Geographic Ecological Society” from Cacak within SEEDLING framework.
This visit was concluded by a fruitful discussion on several relevant issues that REC is addressing through its work. Primarily, students were interested in the topic of cross-border water and air pollution, hence the topic of possible approaches to overcoming these challenges were tackled, but the importance of public awareness was also mentioned as one of the important ones in the process.
The goal of the study visit is to inform and engage awarded secondary school students in educational, historical, art, media, youth and environmental protection oriented institutions in EU and it will take place in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. The EU Delegation is implementing this project with the aim to educate young people from Serbia on how Member States and relevant stakeholders within the EU successfully address problems, now affecting Serbia as part of the EU integration process.