Solar Schools Forum
The project focuses on environmental education in schools, in particular addressing the topics of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE). The youth need to become more aware of energy-related problems, and how they can change their own lifestyles to limit environmental damage caused by the daily use of energy. As the decision-makers of tomorrow we need to empower them to make the right choices.
The SSF is aimed at improving knowledge about RE and EE among children and young people, using a fun approach and aimed at generating greater enthusiasm for clean energy. The youth will also be encouraged to help raise awareness and so act as multipliers in their own communities, starting with their families and friends. This project will be implemented in several European countries, with the results freely available on the Internet for use by people all over the world.
- To raise awareness among the youth, their families and the public, about the importance of a sustainable energy supply, reducing environmental damage caused by using fossil fuels, and to positively change their behaviour in this respect.
- To collect and distribute educational materials on energy issues to assist teachers in many different disciplines, and encourage them to integrate RE and EE as topics in their lessons, also making these interesting and more reality-oriented.
- To promote the design of schools as "environmental teaching tools" through presenting shining examples of solar schools in Europe, which in turn will help to encourage other schools in following suit.
- To draw widespread attention to the European Sustainable Energy Education Forum (ESEEF) www.school4energy.net, where the project materials and practical tools will be centralised.
The SSF project forms part of the ISES Solar Schools Initiative. The first project 'Solar Schools - Brighter Future' was carried in 1999 - 2000. An international competition for schools was launched, to show how solar energy was used in or by schools. This project was very successful, with tremendous interest from pupils and teachers all over the world. The winning entries can be found on the project website.
Following up on this success, the Solar Schools Forum was launched in 2004, with work continuing in several European countries. The activities will focus on three main areas, namely:
- Good Practices
Good practices will be presented in a web-based database, providing information about schools that have taken action using RE and EE measures. It will provide an overview of the implementation process, the benefits and experiences of the pupils involved. This will give recognition to the schools and people involved in the activities, and help to encourage others to consider similar concepts at their schools. Teachers will be invited to share information through a questionnaire, to obtain details about their requirements and aims, local places they recommend for educational visits, web-links, encouraging the sharing of information and tools.
- Develop Educational Materials and Tools
To help teachers with useful information on aspects relating to sustainable energy, material will be presented in a range of languages, for their use as teaching tools. For example we intend to show how RE or EE can be relevant for different subjects, such as Physics, Geography or Art, also addressing different age groups. This material will also be useful for school curricula. Workshops will be organised for teachers presenting the results, and decision-makers (e.g. school authorities, educational departments, etc..) will also be involved in the process, with encouragement to consider the integration of the materials into the official curriculum.
- Awareness and Fun
The pupils will have an opportunity to participate in a national competition (art, essay or science), with the winners moving on to the international competition. They will be able to show their experience with RE and EE in a creative way, sharing the impact it has had on them and their environment. These competitions will be linked to the SunDay and EarthDay activities in the participating countries, with results to be exhibited at related energy events at the schools. In this way a wide target audience can be reached, from the youth to their families and the local communities.
Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom. There will also be strong connections to Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and The Netherlands.
International Solar Energy Society
Projects - Solar Schools Forum
This project is financially supported by the
European Commission, ALTENER Programme
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