European schools for a living planet


>>> Tuesday, 2014-10-28
What is ESFALP?
From 2008 to 2014 an exciting intercultural and international network of teachers and young people from eleven European countries were taking action in their communities for a more fair and sustainable world.

Participants came from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

The main focus of „European Schools for a Living Planet”, the school environment initiative of WWF and ERSTE Foundation, was on bringing together teachers and pupils, encouraging them to assume responsibility for Europe’s environment and nature and to take joint action to shape the future of Europe in a sustainable way.  

The initiative placed emphasis on fostering solidarity between geographic regions and societies, rather than on political borders. Pupils and teachers gathered to address three topics, crucial at both local and global level:
•   The Danube, its significance as Europe’s artery, and the threats it faces;
•   The „Ecological Footprint” and the many ways in which each of us can contribute to the sustainable use of the earth’s resources;
•   „Active Citizenship” – Mobilising and Motivating: How can I express and hold my opinion in public and how can I motivate others to take action

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>>> Monday, 2014-10-20
Together for Rivers: Students and teachers taking action to protect their rivers
Students, or the young eco activists, supported by amazing teachers, joined their powers and celebrated the Rivers in all 11 European countries on the 2nd of October 2014, on a special day called River Action Day!

Each team had different goals, but the same slogan - “Together for Rivers” - and managed to raise awareness on the problems of their local rivers. River Action Day illustrated the power of our tight international network of active citizens formed under the ESFALP program.
Dear students and teachers, a BIG thank you for all your time, energy, and enthusiasm invested in organizing these activities. We hope that this is just a small step and we will hear again about creative ways in which we can protect the environment.

Highlights of the Rivers Action Day

In Austria, students and teachers from the “Waste Warriors” team, from GRG 15 Schmelz,  analyzed water samples from four different rivers (Danube, Danube Canal, Triesting, Wien Fluss) to find out about the chemicals from these rivers and the quality of the water.  The results were used to create adverts that aimed to draw attention on how to protect their rivers. The best advert received a prize!

In Bulgaria, three schools took action to protect their rivers!  Students from Vocational High School of Clothing and Design "Princess Maria Luisa" played games such as "Go, trout, go!” and personally experienced the problems faced by the fish.  More so, they organized a quiz with questions about rivers and they collected signatures to support the campaign to save Bulgarian rivers.
The other team from Bulgaria, from Osnovno uchilishte Sveti Sveti Kiril I Metodii, Bachevo, organized activities around the river Sedrach and they cleaned it. More so, they organized an essays competition on the topic “River protection” and created posters and signs with messages such as “Together for the rivers” and “Keep the river” (adapted in Bulgarian).

Croatia has been represented by two schools. The students and teachers from Osnovna škola Popovac prepared pictures and hanged them on the bridge. The locals stopped to see what was happening. For example, Mr. Saric, member of the local community, drove home and came back with a bucket full of apples from his eco garden, to award the students for being active citizens!

The students from Croatian team from the Primary school Drenje, wrote their own eco-message in a bottle to be seen by everyone who visit lake Borovik and the river Vuka. They hanged the bottle with a thread on a branch of a tree, and left it visible in front of the entrance of the local tourist camp near the lake coast. In a short message they tried to explain why they want to keep their river clean and healthy and they invited the reader(s) to help them in their mission by being responsible citizen. More so, they realized river-themed projects and they presented them in front of their colleagues.

In the Czech Republic four schools got involved in the activities dedicated to River Action Day. Students from Elementary School Deblin researched the Deblin stream and visited the Deblin wastewater treatment plant and found out how it works. The team took and compared samples of water from the stream and measured the PH, water hardness and its temperature. Pupils of the 8th grade prepared and demonstrated water experiments for schoolmates from 1st to 7th grade. The youngest children learned about river ecology throughout an “indoor school river”.

Students from Purkyňovo gymnázium, Strážnice, decided to explore the river from their surroundings, a small part of water from the river Radejovka which flows to the Bata Canal. They started in the village Radejov which is a border village between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and continued along the river to the town Straznice which lies near the confluence of the Radejovka and the Bata Canal. The participants were students from two classes of Purkyne grammar school from Straznice. In this expedition, they realized how many things people can throw to a nice small river in a protected area and decided to clean it.

The team from Střední school decided to collect and properly separate the garbage thrown away in the surroundings of their school in Pilsen, from the banks of the river Radbuza, and then they celebrated their achievement. They organized a picnic with bio products and tested the water from the forest.  

Earth Warriors, the team from G, SOŠE a SOU Kaplice, aimed to remind the students and the general public about the importance of rivers for life and to draw their attention about the chemicals that could be present in the river Malše, chemicals that may be harmful for those drinking the water, either people, either the wildlife species depending on the river. They organized a trip to the most preserved part of the river, cleaned the river banks, shared valuable insights about river protection and organized sports events on the banks of the river in Kaplice.

In Hungary , three  teams got involved and organized activities dedicated to their rivers. For example, at St. Benedict School from Budapest  teachers talked about rivers in all their classes (History, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Music, Arts and so on), and students analyzed the water of the Danube, wrote tales, went to an excursion, looked up and sang folk songs about rivers. They created project posters, photos and paintings and exposed them on the walls of the school to be seen by their colleagues.

Students and teachers from  Mohácsi Kisfaludy Károly Gimnázium organized a 2x 40 km bike tour along the river on its two banks to do something for both the Blue belt of Europe, the River Danube, and also for their health. Since their school celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, they decided to cycle 80 km for it as well and involved altogether 80 people: students, parents (grandparents) and teachers.

Students from Bocskai István Református Oktatási Központ organized a competition with questions about rivers, focusing on the Danube, and made 5 minutes video spots about their Blue River. More so, they painted a Danube wall and decided to taste different samples of water and spot the differences among them.

In Moldova the "Goldfish team" from Orizont high school placed plates with inscriptions about protecting the rivers at one of the banks of the river BiAC, a major street in the capital. Cars reduced their speed to see what was happening, and pedestrians approached the students to find more. They worked together also with students from Costache Negruzzi and Pro Succes high schools

Students from Puhoi Theoretical Lyceum, held also an essay competition about local people involvement, a radio programme about ESFALP and River’s Day, and they cleaned the banks of Puhoi river. For each bag of garbage, they received apples from the local administration.

In Romania, four teams from Cluj Napoca, Neamt, Hunedoara and Drobeta Turnu Severin took action for Rivers.  In Cluj Napoca, “The Green Fingers” team, from Colegiul Tehnic Energetic, organized an Eco Parade.  They wanted to let people know that teenagers care about the world we live in and one of the most important aspects is to have clean water and healthy rivers. About 40 students from their school took part in the event, together with some of the teachers (Anca Petriuc, Raluca Tehei, Mircea Apahidean and Oana Lefter). After that they went back to school and cleaned all the green spaces in order to show the other students that everyone can help keeping our planet clean and healthy.

The students and teachers from Lorin Salagean Technical College, Drobeta Turnu Severin, inaugurated a panel in their school hall (that was filled with different pictures taken during the day), danced the Blue Danube waltz, held a short presentation of the Danube (protected areas and the quality of water), a contest on the topic the Danube, prize award ceremony, a cleanup campaign along the Danube and a lampion release. There were more than 150 people who took part in the River Action Day: teachers, students, local media, special guests from the National Agency for Environmental protection.

The Green Corvinians, from Matei Corvin Technical College Hunedoara, aimed to  draw attention upon the pollution of the small river Zlasti which flows next to the medieval castle of Hunedoara. They attracted from primary to secondary students (aged between 6 and 18) and involved them in activities. They organized a flash mob that took place in the yard of the campus involving more than 150 children. They presented the slogan “TOGETHER FOR RIVERS” and the activity of WWF regarding rivers and lakes in a classroom for older students and they cleaned together the banks of their small river. They also discussed the results of the illegal deforestations of the banks and the consequences of these activities.

The team from the Secondary School Raucesti, Neamt, aimed to move from the theoretical presentation of the problems faced by rivers, to practical applications. Students captured the problems identified along their river and presented them in a symposium called “Rivers in danger”. More so, they cleaned their river and draw attention among their colleagues and local community about the ways in which they can protect their river.

Serbia was represented in River Action Day by four schools. The students and teachers Technical School Mileva Maric –Ajnstajn set up on the promenade of the coast of the Danube previously prepared posters. They made 20 posters on which they represented individual species of fish, and how pollution affects them. Twenty students took part in this activity, all of which attended classes about hunting and fishing. The students of the 1st grade of primary school visited the event. With great pleasure, the students explained everything about the hazards of water pollution, which aroused a great interest about the subject.

The River-Musketeers, members of the team from Elementary School “Drinka Pavlović”, Belgrade, aimed to draw attention that each of us is responsible for the quality of the rivers water. They involved a large number of students and teachers from their schools and from other schools from Belgrade. They organized workshops on the spot (different experiments to test water quality – chemicals analyses, using bio indicators species), river bank cleaning activities, from waste to a work of art activities and peer education short-time lectures.

“Eco team”, students and teachers from the primary school “Braća Grulović” Beška, Serbia, created posters in order to draw attention on the sources of the pollution of the Danube in their country and they went to the bank of the river to observe the species and the problems faced by the river. More so, they cleaned the river and sent environmental messages.

Тhe aim of the〝The Guardians of Nature〞 team from Gavrilo Princip Primary School from Serbia was to highlight the problem of river pollution, and to increase awareness in their local community about the negative impacts of polluted rivers at the local and regional level. They decided to hand out brochures and flyers and they educated the people passing about the problem. More so, they took action and they went outside, along the Danube, and clean it.

In Slovakia there were two active schools on Rivers! The first one, represented by the Danube Street Warriors team, from ZŠ a Gymnázium s VJM, organized activities along the Danube Riverbank to enjoy the calmness of nature and to see the benefits offered by the nature. More so, they tested their level of knowledge in six different competitions focusing on the topic river. In this competition, classes of both primary and secondary school competed. The results were announced at the end of the event.

The second team from Slovakia, represented by the Earth Savers, from Gymnázium Petra Pázmáňa s VJM - Pázmány Péter Gimnázium, split their activities:  two classes (divided into four groups) attended workshops about the rivers Nitra and Danube and about their pollution and then they tested the quality of water by making chemical experiments.  The other two groups went to collect trash in the local forest near their river Nitra, while their colleagues went to the main square to inform people about the pollution of Nitra. They advertised the separating centers and invited people to separate the waste. At the end, all the groups gathered together and went to collect trash along the Nitra River.

Slovenia has also been active! There schools took action and joined the movement! The first team, Eco-musketeers, from OŠ Preserje,  went to the banks of  Ljubljanica river and had a science day in nature. They worked in four groups: one group researched biodiversity of the river, the second researched the pollution of the river, the third researched the ways of living with river (and at its banks) and the fourth group was a cooking team. The team was formed of 39 students of 9th class and four teachers who facilitated the activities.

Members of the team from the Biotechnical Centre Naklo,  24 students and two teachers, travelled from Kranj to Ljubljana to visit the Slovenian main research Institute “Jožef Stefan”. At the institute they attended workshops about glass-blowing and nitrogen. In the laboratory for water analysis they received information about ecological accidents which can influence the water sources and they spread the knowledge among their colleagues.  More so, they went to the banks of rivers Gradaščica and Ljubljanica on a boat trip to observe the rivers pollution.

Ukraine was represented by four active schools!  The Eco-boom team, from Kostopil Secondary School # 6, designed and made a ship. Floating the ship was one of the most memorable things. C  hildren, especially boys, followed the ship and called the people to look at it.

At the Science -Mathematics Lyceum from Smila more than a hundred students of local schools holding slogans and posters in their hands went to the dam and made a live chain about 300 metres long. They called for taking care of the river banks, keeping them free from plastic and not making the river and its banks a dumping place. The most important thing about their day was the unity of different people who supported the idea and understood the message of the event –“Care about the river and the place you live in”. Representatives of other town schools joined them not only on the dam to form the live chain but in cleaning up the river bank in the area close to their school. Even their students’ families organized cleaning up of the beach in their neighborhoods. It happened because of advertising the project in local media. The local radio broadcasted the event and invited the local our students report about the project and appeal to join cleaning up campaign and street action “Blue chain” several times.

At Secondary School # 24 from Ternopil, five classes of secondary school took part in the flash mob "Streams that run into the river",  organized in the schoolyard, where a river was created with a long blue cloth. They investigated the level of water pollution in the river Seret, comparing the water quality from the source and from different parts of the river. Then, they shared the results and informed the city residents through the media and student activities organized at the Hydropark.  More so, they arranged vacation spots near the river, indicating that it was a result of River Action Day, and they floated small ships made of ecological material (wood) with key messages and the slogan “Together for rivers”.  

The team "Not indifferent", from Kharkiv School # 91, organized a beautiful exhibition of students’ drawings «Save rivers», made quizzes about rivers and water for students during the breaks and listened songs in different languages about rivers. More so, their school artists painted posters with Together for rivers slogan! At the banks of the rivers Kharkov and Lopan they watched rivers’ inhabitants and feed them and enjoyed activities such as “Boats of hope” with paper boats. At the river they met with their friends from another school and one Portugal volunteer. They discussed about rivers, handed leaflets and organized a flashmob.

All teams and their work are a true inspiration for all of us. Keep up the great work for your rivers!

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>>> Wednesday, 2014-10-08
Together For Rivers
In Romania where the ESFALP team presented their school projects they started also to plan activities for the ESFALP River Action Day on 2nd October 2014!

And here are the results! 

Take a look at their river actions! It´s amazing to see the different 33 activities all over 11 countries.

"Together for Rivers" was the slogan of more than 1000 young people on the same day!  

The summary as pdf: river_action_day_2014_overview_activities.pdf
( PDF-Document, 2,15 MB)

River Action Photos 

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>>> Tuesday, 2014-07-08
ESFALP initiatives continue - on October 2nd all teams join forces on River Action Day
The wave of enthusiasm generated by the ESFALP 6 teams will find new ways to manifest, this autumn, in an original initiative focusing on Europe's rivers.

On the 2nd of October 2014, all 33 ESFALP teams will join forces for the environment, during an event called River Action Day. The initiative has a regional scope, and with local interventions. Every team will develop a one-day project aiming to diminish river pollution in their area.

The teams are united not only by the common goal, but also by a common slogan - Together for Rivers.

*Together was the way that participants worked in developing various slogan proposals and also democratically voting for the version which best represented them.

The inspiration for the project came from participants closeness to rivers. They also had the help of WWF freshwater expert, Cristian Tetelea, who held a presentation at the Final Event.

More useful information about Rivers can be found in this brochure (also available for download): River Ecology  

Stay tuned for updates on the exciting River Action Day!
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>>> Thursday, 2014-06-12
ESFALP 6 Final Event - 2-5 June 2014 in Romania's mountains
The ESFALP 6 cycle had its final meeting of the school-team representatives in June 2014, 2nd to 5th, in Romania's Carpathian mountains, namely Moieciu de Sus village, Brasov county, not far from Bran or what people usually call Dracula's castle. And here are all the event photos Photo Album  

As this is a place filled with stories, the ESFALP 6 Final Event had the purpose of bringing together the stories of all 33 teams from 11 countries, who worked during the school year 2013/2014 to develop and implement amazing school projects in their home communities. The projects can be read in the ESFALP 6 Project Brochure available at this link: 2014-06-04 00:00:00, ESFALP 6 school projects - get inspired! 

The Final Event took place over three full days. Days full of the joy to reconnect, of shared experiences, of reflection, of planning for the future, and, of course, fun!

During the first day participants organized a display of their projects. For the opening of the projects exhibition they were invited to a creative opening ceremony (or vernissage), where they also recieved as a surprise-gift the ESFALP 6 Projects Brochure. After this, everyone sat down and watched in a very relaxed cinema setting, the videoclips produced by each team to advertise the projects. Truly inspiring!

Day 2 was focused on looking back, reflecting, learning and sharing. Reflection is an extremely important part of any learning and developing process and it can go through moments similar to those of a boat trip - from sunny days and a-ha moments to "rough waters". In the end, everyone returns from the trip with memories and useful tips for the future.

Day 3 made the transition from the past towards the future. Teams started planning for a new exciting activity, to take their wave of energy forward. With input from WWF River expert, Cristian Tetelea, the 66 participants, teachers and students, started developing ideas for the River Action Day that will take place on October 2nd, 2014.

During the entire event, enthusiasm and energy were the defining general state. They were created together by 66 amazing participants and by the smiling organization team and their special guests - Robin Gosejohann from ERSTE Foundation, Luminita Tanasie from WWF-Romania.
What added to the great mood was the natural background and outdoor games, the trip to Bran caste, the rhythm of African drums on the celebration evening, the party organized by the participants themselves (as artists, decorators and DJs), the party on the last evening with an ESFALP cake and lots of dancing.

The ESFALP team is honored to have celebrated together with the ESFALP 6 amazing 33 teams, and congratulates everyone who got up and got active!

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Lenka @ 2014-06-16 @ 05:58 PM
Thank you.
Zoli @ 2014-06-13 @ 04:09 PM
It was unforgettable!
>>> Wednesday, 2014-06-04
ESFALP 6 school projects - get inspired!
During the school year 2013/2014 the 6th edition of "European Schools for a Living Planet" got together 33 teams from 11 countries.

The teams - students and teachers - planned and implemented environmental projects in their home-communities, on topics such as Rivers, Species (ex. bats), Ecological Footprint, Active Citizenship.

Along the year the teams did field work, scientific research, creative activities (from workshops to theater plays), original awareness campaigns (from flash mobs to offering one apple in exchange for a cigarette), talked to local authorities and also reached out to the broad public by getting media attention.

Get inspired by these amazing projects and continue the rippling effect by taking further their trust in a sustainable future!

All projects are detailed in the ESFALP 6 Projects Brochure, available for download: esfalp_vi_projects_brochure-web.pdf
( PDF-Document, 5,37 MB)
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>>> Thursday, 2013-10-03
ESFALP 6 begins with a very active Academy in Illmitz, Austria
During the 5 days between the 27th of September and the 2nd of October, the village of Illmitz bordering Neusiedlersee National Park in eastern Austria was particularly lively. It hosted the international group of 33 students and teachers coming from 11 countries in the region in order to receive training and inspiration for future environmental projects they will lead in their home communities.

What brought this lively international group together? The 6th Academy of the European Schools for a Living Planet program, organized by WWF with the support of ERSTE Foundation.

The event was focused on training participants on environmental topics and on practical ways to take action for the environment.

Thus, every day in the agenda was built around one main theme, as follows -
  • Footprint Day: Ecological Footprint – Consumption’s global effects
    Active Citizenship: Get active and Inspire others
    Danube Day: Danube – Europe’s lifeline
    Project Day: 7 steps in Project Management

Besides the content, the program focused also on building
- leadership skills in the students, and coaching skills in the teachers
- presentation and facilitation skills, focused on non-formal education methods
- favorable attitude towards sustainability
- connection to nature and connections within the ESFALP network

As a symbol of "sustainability in action", the ESFALP 6 participants could experience a whole range of alternative eco-friendly transportation solutions, that tell the story of the Academy ...

... bicycle
@ on the way to the Neusiedlersee National Park

... boat
@ Donau Auen National Park

... carriage
@ on the way to Seewninkelhof, at the WWF Austria education center

... floating platform
@ Donau Auen National Park

Field trips, fun and creativity were some of the special ingredients that made the ESFALP 6 Academy an unforgettable event for all!

An event filled with L O V E
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>>> Tuesday, 2013-06-11
ESFALP 5 final event - amazing projects and enthusiasm for the future
The 2012/2013 edition of ESFALP had its official closing ceremony on June 5th-8th 2013, in Moieciu de Sus, Brasov county, Romania - the heart of the Carpathians, in the vicinity of Bucegi Natural Park and Bran "Dracula" castle.

The 33 teams representing 9 countries gathered together to present and exchange their year's work and their amazing projects.

The description of all projects can be downloaded from the link below, as they are collected in a brochure to serve as inspiration to all active schools:
( PDF-Document, 5,25 MB)

The event was structured around
a projects exhibition, launched within a festive vernissage
a day dedicated to projects presentations and participants voting of best practices
reflection and celebration day

All of these were "spiced" with creative and fun activities, camp fire, birthday cake, nature connection, visiting local sights, drumming and party!

The ESFALP team thanks all teams for their amazing work and wishes them all to keep up the enthusiasm for future initiatives!

And here are some impressions from the Final Event, in order to walk you through the atmosphere in Moieciu de Sus:

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>>> Monday, 2013-06-03
Application for a new ESFALP round 2013 / 2014 !
European Schools For A Living Planet (ESFALP) is an exciting intercultural and international network of teachers and young people from 11 European countries who are taking action in their communities for a more fair and sustainable world.

Participants come from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Are you a teacher of 13 - 16 year old students?
Join the international network of schools who are taking action for the environment! Please find more infomation in the flyer below and send us your application!  Deadline: 9th of July!
( PDF-Document, 794,90 kB)

Read this!
The 33 schollprojects of ESFALP 5: esfalp_v_-_web_small.pdf
( PDF-Document, 5,23 MB)

Watch this!
An inspirational video from the Final Event 2012 in Romania:
Final Event 2012  

Thank you!
We thank the ERSTE Stiftung  for their continued and generous support they provide to make ESFALP thrive!

If you have questions please contact Danica Bauer  Thank you!
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>>> Tuesday, 2013-02-05
Letter to myself
Did you receive your letters?

Catalina did. And she found these nice thoughts:
"no matter how stressful the situation you are in, don't forget to play (...) laugh, listen to music, and enjoy yourself, like a child"

Remember the nice days in October. See below just a few photos.


And much more here: Click here  
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Svetlana Kalajdzic @ 2013-04-08 @ 04:58 PM
Fabulous experiences and memories from Illmitz!!
Daniela Katsarova @ 2013-03-22 @ 10:01 AM
I've also received my letter. It was very exciting to read it. Thanks a lot for the nice experience that you've given us by writing letters to ourselves and keeping alive the wonderful memories from Illmitz.
Slobodanka Kitanovska @ 2013-02-05 @ 06:31 PM
I also received my letter today ! The feeling is great! I remember the days in Illmitz with pleasure. :)
>>> Wednesday, 2012-12-19
Merry Xchange and a Happy New Year!
Dear ESFALPers,

During the holiday season we always like to think of our friends and families. And we, the ESFALP team, are thinking of you, our ESFALP friends with whom we learned together, we worked together, we celebrated together.

We thank you for being active, enthusiastic and visionaries and for getting involved in our common mission to create a future worth living.

We wish you
Merry Xchange of ideas
Xcellent projects  
& a Happy New Year!

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Aleksandra Stojkovic @ 2012-12-20 @ 11:36 PM
Dear ESFALP friends,
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas from Aleksinac!
Svetlana Novicic @ 2012-12-20 @ 09:06 PM
Dear ESFALP friends thank you for your wonderful wishes and we wish you a fruitful and active New Year.
OS"Vojislav Voka Savic"Lazarevac
>>> Thursday, 2012-11-15
ESFALP. A poem
This is a poem about ESFALP, written at the Academy in October 2012, by Angela Ransdorf, a teacher at the Wiedner Gymnasium, Vienna Austria.

Angela Ransdorf captured the essence of ESFALP in a sensitive and musical manner and moved us all with her elegant and heart-felt reading. Thank you, Angela!

Although the panda is a bear from Asia
It made people meet from Moldavia to Croatia.
It was in Illmitz where we met
Most of us haven’t been here yet.
Our motivation brought us here
From many countries far and near.

We learned that our countries are very sweet –
Then we had got enough to eat!
In different ways we learned to greet
By moving strangely our feet.

We played a lot of games and we found out:
It’s not only the students who are loud!
We needed more than just one hand
For building a functioning wetland.
We laid the Danube with a rope
For realizing that it needs new hope.

Not to get the future out of sight
Our footprints should be light –
So we shared a vegetarian lunch,
Which didn’t stop us being a merry bunch!

Merriness accompanied us everywhere
Because we had a lot to share:
The river Danube – so to say –
Connected us in some way.

So we are like the stones in my hands
Brought here by a river from different lands.
We may be big, we may be small,
The river Danube concerns us all.

Every stone is a piece of art
And plays its own important part
To change things in its own place
To present the world with a new face.

Everyone is of a special kind
And that’s what we will keep in mind:
Everyone of us has got to be respected;
We all are and we’ll always stay connected.

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Sylvia @ 2012-12-14 @ 10:10 PM
Congratulations, Angela! You're a gr8 writer!
Vesna Novicic @ 2012-11-18 @ 01:25 PM
I enjoyed reading a poem. Thank you for that. :)
>>> Saturday, 2012-10-27
ESFALP 5 Academy - good memories
Between the 22nd and the 27th of October 2012, 33 teacher-student teams traveled from 9 countries to join the ESFALP 5 Academy, in Illmitz, Austria.

The purpose of the Academy is to train participants and prepare them for the upcoming projects, to motivate and inspire them to get active for the Earth and to create a network of active citizens across the region.

You will find details about the main Topics and the presentations used by our experts here Topics 

For a closer look at the Academy's program and photos, visit the page Academy 2013 

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>>> Tuesday, 2012-10-16
Goodbye ESFALP IV, welcome ESFALP V
Active teens and teachers from Central Eastern Europe continue writing together the history of ESFALP, "European Schools for a Living Planet"!

In September 2012 we said "Goodbye" to ESFALP IV at the last event of this learning cycle : the ESFALP IV Best Practice Camp!

The camp was a reward and further environmental leadership training for the four schools whose projects were voted "Best practice projects" by the participants of ESFALP IV. The camp took place in Straja, in Romania's southern Carpathians between the 17th and the 22nd of September 2012 and combined adventure learning with nature and experiential learning.

In October 2012 we welcome the teacher-student tandems representing the schools selected to take part in ESFALP V, 2012-2013.

From a pool of 140 applicants, 33 schools were selected to represent their respective 9 countries in ESFALP V. One teacher and one student from each school will take part in the ESFALP Academy in Illmitz, Austria, between the 22nd and the 27th October 2012.

The theme for the ESFALP V Academy is "Diversity", diversity of cultures, languages, colors, sounds, methods, ideas and, of course, biodiversity. The main training topics are:
- Planet Earth and Ecological Footprint
- Danube - Europe's lifeline
- Projects and Getting active

Besides training, the Academy is meant to bring together the ESFALP family made up diverse people with a shared passion and motivation to create a future worth living.

Welcome, ESFALP V participants! Good luck and enjoy our year together!

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>>> Monday, 2012-06-11
New call for ESFALP V !
We already started the promotion of the 5th cycle of ESFALP:

Join the international network of schools! Please find detailed information and the application form here:
( PDF-Document, 966,57 kB)

This year, the school environment initiative “European Schools for a Living Planet” was held for the fourth time:

From 31st May to 2nd June 62 teachers and students from 9 countries celebrated the end of their school-projects. Seven months long the 12 to 17 year old pupils worked on their eco-projects addressing the topics “Danube – Europe’s lifeline” and “Ecological Footprint”. They did researches, discussed with decision makers and went on nature expeditions. The project ideas and realization were completely up to the pupils’ creativity. The teachers supported their pupils only as project coaches.

For the concluding event one teacher and one pupil from each project-team travelled to Romania to present their nature conservation activities in a colourful project bazaar. Please click here brosura_wwf_esfalp_web.pdf
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and read about 33 great environmental projects!

Afterwards four projects have been chosen by the participants themselve. A few members of these project teams now are invited to participate at the nature adventure camp in Romania.

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Milena Andonova @ 2012-06-20 @ 01:23 PM
>>> Friday, 2012-03-23
Waiting for the summer. ESFALP Final Event, May 31st - June 3rd
While 33 teams in 9 countries are doing enthusiastic work on their projects, spring is already here and summer is near.

The project teams are working on the details of the Final Event that will take place in Moieciu de Sus, Romania, between May 31st - June 3rd.

The Final Event is the best time for all ESFALPers to get back together, to share the results of a year's worth of hard work and, of course, to celebrate!

In 2012, we welcome the summer together!

... and here are some forget-me-nots to remind us of our common destination

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Rodica Jardan @ 2012-05-11 @ 04:18 PM
Nice picture, like spring and our wishes...
daniela and palko @ 2012-03-31 @ 07:15 PM
thanks for nice words:-D
we are looking forward for you, all the others, their presentations and of course the time spending together in a nice and cheerful atmosphere!
>>> Tuesday, 2011-12-20
Happy new ACTIVE year!

Dear ESFALP friends and friends of ESFALP firends,

Please receive our

Season's Greetings!

We wish you to enjoy the winter holidays and to gather strength and inspiration for a

Happy new ACTIVE year!

the ESFALP team
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Tsvetanka Todorova @ 2011-12-28 @ 11:57 AM
Dear ESFALP friends! Happy Holidays and have a very successful New Year!
Rodica Jardan @ 2011-12-24 @ 10:16 PM
Happy Holidays and all the best!!!
Aleksandra Danilovic @ 2011-12-21 @ 10:51 AM
Dear ESFALP friends! Thank you for your best wishes.I want you all happy holidays as well as the upcoming Christmas and all the best in the new year. I hope that our team in the new year will be bigger and bigger...
>>> Thursday, 2011-11-24
Message from ESFALP III to the ESFALP IV participants
For the participants ESFALP III meant an intense year with creative projects and many diverse experiences. Because they learned a lot during the process, the ESFALP III participants wanted to share some of their experiences and lessons learned with their successors from ESFALP IV.

The following video features participants in the ESFALP III winners' camp and it is a gift to the ESFALP IV participants.

They say
find a goal and pursue it with perseverence!
be patient!
have fun!
follow your dreams!

But why don't you see the message and discover their advice yourselves?

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Aleksandra Danilovic @ 2011-11-25 @ 12:30 AM
I am leraning to be patient! :)
Jardan Rodica @ 2011-11-24 @ 06:35 PM
Bravo, you are our models!
>>> Tuesday, 2011-10-18
Official beginning of ESFALP IV marked by the Academy in Illmitz, Austria
ESFALP fourth cycle

The program “European Schools for a Living Planet” has reached its fourth year. The 2011-2012 edition received an impressive number of 180 applications from countries across Central-Eastern Europe. It was a very difficult job for the organizers to select the 33 schools that will take part in the program.

Inspiring applications

The motivation letters spoke of bringing change and awareness into local communities, leading by example and making the world a better place. This is the spirit that the organizers wish to have present throughout the program.

ESFALP Academy, 22-27 October

This is the spirit that will govern the ESFALP Academy that will take place between the 22nd and the 27th of October, in Illmitz, Austria. In short, there will be five days with 33 teachers, 33 students and a team of enthusiastic trainers and hosts, there will be learning and there will be surprises and, of course, nature all around.


A warm welcome from the organizers to all participants!

Impressions of the last years´ Academy in October 2010
Until the ESFALP IV history is written, please take a look at following impressions from the ESFALP III starting event:
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