Education for the sustainable development of UNESCO heritage in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina
NGO Eco Center DELFIN from Kotor, Montenegro, implements the project in partnership with the Regional Development Agency for Herzegovina (REDAH) from Mostar and in cooperation with "Veljko Drobnjakovic" primary school from Risan and Third Elementary School Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, local governments of the Municipality of Kotor and the City of Mostar, and local public broadcasters from Kotor and Mostar supported the initiative.
The project is being implemented until 15 March 2021, for students and teachers in two educational institutions in the area of Kotor and Mostar municipality.
Among the participants were students and their teachers in non-formal educational activities enhancing their knowledge in various sectors of sustainable development, environmental protection, natural resources and climate change. These informal educational activities mainly accentuated the significance of the promotion of positive initiatives and behaviours, and raising awareness on the consequences of irresponsible behaviour towards the environment.
“Exceptional commitment of young students through the project, but also the openness of educational institutions and their engagement during the implementation of activities, leads us to the conclusion that the role of non-formal education is extremely important for acquiring knowledge and practical experience that is not available through regular education”, stressed the project coordinator Ljilja Radunovic, Eco Center DELFIN.
The project underlines the importance of non-formal education in the field of information, education and promotion of the value of protected areas. In cooperation with the project teaching staff, an exciting action plan has been developed for the implementation of peer education. This is an interesting way to reach the younger generation and engage them with vital knowledge and experience on environmental protection including the significant part they contribute to its conservation.
Primary waste selection is an important component of environmental protection. As part of the project, the participating schools got involved in training on the importance and benefits of primary waste selection. Providing the schools with the necessary equipment for primary waste selection was a nudge in the right direction in getting students informed about green waste recycling, a critical exercise for managing waste.
By the end of the project, participants will conduct a tour of selected important natural and cultural areas and institutions in the region, during which young students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the area in which they live and afterwards, share their experiences with their peers from other countries. In addition, in contributing actively to environmental protection, the students will plant indigenous plants in showing appreciation to nature and future generations, with the support of their parents and teachers.
The project is realized within the joint UN Regional Programme "Dialogue for the Future: Promoting Dialogue and Social Cohesion in and Between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia" implemented by UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF, with the support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.