The project pursues enhancing of the awareness and understanding of young people of the advantages of non-formal education in the sphere of environment and sustainable development, as well as of the interrelation between these issues and young people’s fundamental rights. The methods for project implementation were fully consistent with the target group and were based on an innovative approach for engaging young people in environmental and sustainable development education, including:
- National information and education campaign carried out through a mobile information eco-centre “Friends of Nature” in 7 municipalities on the territory of Bulgaria – Sofia, Smolyan, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo). It contributed for enhancing of the environmental culture and of the civic activity of more than 5 000 young people of up to 35 years of age.
- 7 educational youth reality shows under the title “Environment and Sustainable Way of Living”, conducted by/in “Future Now” Community Centre in the village of Gudevitsa – partner under the project.
- “72 Hours of Actions for Sustainable Development” initiative carried out in the 7 municipalities.
- Promotion of sustainable way of living among young people by visits to eco-centres from the Alive Places Network.
- A closing event – discussion forum on the topic of “The Role of Young People in the Development of the Environmental Education and the Sustainable Development of the Local Communities in Bulgaria”.
OBJECTIVES / OUTCOMES AND IMPACT
- Young people acquire new skills and competences about the environment, increase their environmental culture and embrace sustainable models of behavior.
- Young people build competences and get actively involved in advocacy and active citizenship for sustainable development and support local communities in remote isolated part of the country.
- Partner organisations increase their capacity for providing better services to young people in the fields of environmental education, sustainable development, active citizenship and voluntary service.
- The funds provided by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme are effectively managed and the project is widely promoted.
The impact of the project is related to the increased knowledge and understanding of young people of the benefits of non-formal education in environmental protection and sustainable development, and their relation to fundamental human rights.
Youth Forum 21st Century Association