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GREEN FINGERS - Urban School Gardens
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "GREEN FINGERS - Urban School Gardens" is short term EVS project planned to take place over a period of 6 weeks from May 9th to June 19th 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia. The project will bring together 12 volunteers from 6 countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania) and engage them in realisation of this years activities on maintaining 3 and starting 2 new school gardens together with around 3000 children and teachers. The project is a continuation of an ongoing urban gardening with children project that started in 2013. The main objective is to work on reconnecting children and youth to nature in urban environment by (1) introducing and promoting urban gardening in practice among children and youth, and (2) to promoting quality use of free time among youth and adopting of positive set of values that support personal development of young people.Following activities are planned to realize those objectives:ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN:(1) gardening with children,(2) recycled material garden decorations workshops,(3) "Garden Dictionary" foreign language lessons for children. PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES:(4) organising "Urban Garden Party",(5) organising Flash Mob for International Environment Protection Day (June 5th),(6) "Love Your Greens" promotion of vegetarian cooking.TRAINING ACTIVITIES:(7) On-Arrival Training,(8) Introduction to working with children,(9) Introduction to sustainable gardening.The project will be implemented on several locations in the City of Zagreb and realization of its activities will bring together 10 volunteers from 5 countries. All methodologies used will promote active participation, learning by doing, non-formal and informal education. The main methods will be: experiential learning, cooperative learning, participatory learning, transfer of expert experience, peer learning, brainstorming, buzz groups, team work, team building and energizers, presentations, evaluations, group and individual work.Through project implementation we plan to achieve following results:- maintaining in 5 sustainable urban gardens in cooperation with 5 primary school in Zagreb- organising 3 trainings for volunteers- organizing two promotion events (Flash Mob and "Urban Garden Party") in June- holding minimum of 10 creative & educative workshops- producing minimum of 3 short videos about project activities- promoting healthy life styles (growing your own food, adopting vegetarian diet, physical activity in nature, etc.)- promoting and encouraging European values (mobility, cosmopolitanism, cooperation, solidarity, mutual understanding, intercultural exchange etc.)- gaining new logistical and organizational skills through active involvement of volunteers in organization of project events- practicing intergeneration exchange and learning (while working together in school gardens)- encouraging community spirit through cooperation between school children, teachers, youth and volunteers- supporting individual development and creative contributionLong term benefits of the project will be reflected in increased environmental awareness, rise in application of sustainable practices, and in increased number of urban gardeners among children, youth and young adults. Project will encourage volunteers and local youth to take part in other mobility projects, increasing their levels of intercultural understanding, European awareness and cosmopolitan spirit.
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