European Winter School 2021

European Winter School 2021

European Winter School 2021

The European Winter School was attended by over 20 young leaders from different schools across Europe to create a Manifesto on the Climate Crisis.

On January 15 of this year, the European Winter School took place, in virtual format, as part of the European Project “Walk the Global Walk: Mobilizing young Europeans around the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The event involved more than 70 participants, including representatives from the 11 project partner countries — Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Wales. It also had the participation of external stakeholders, at the invitation of all partners, namely Kirsty Leask, project manager of “Learning for Scotland’s Sustainability”, Nicola di Virgilio, researcher at the DG Agriculture and Rural Development, representing the European Union, and members of Local Municipalities: Giorgos Antonopoulos from the Municipality of Fyli, Greece and Catarina Conde from the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal.

The European Winter School was one of the activities planned in 2020 by all project stakeholders. In this virtual meeting, the sharing of the Manifesto on the Climate Crisis, prepared by students and young leaders of various schools, and, in particular, its delivery to the competent authorities, encouraging them to assume their commitments and take action through more sustainable educational and environmental projects that contribute to mitigating the consequences that negatively affect the climate, constituted very significant moments.

It should be noted that the Climate Crisis Manifesto was conceived from an engaging and informed discussion among students that took place before and during the virtual European Winter School and resulted in a deep and well-informed debate in which participated these young people, the education and sustainability professionals, focusing on urgent measures against global climate change and its impacts in order to achieve SDG 13, fulfilling the 2030 Agenda.

The Manifesto not only reflects two of the students’ most significant environmental purposes — recycling and less use of plastic — but also formalizes an appeal for greater funding in environmental education, in schools and in society.

The European Winter School highlighted the potential of young people as future change agents and climate leaders, so it is important that they are heard and involved in decision-making so that the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved.

In line with the National Strategy for Education for Development 2018-2022, the “Walk the Global Walk” project aims to expand the spaces for promoting active citizenship by young people and enhance their involvement around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More aware of SDGs 11, 13 and now of SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, young people will play an active role in a changing society.

The project is co-financed by the European Commission – Education for Development Line – and by Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P., has a duration of 36 months and envolves 11 countries aand 20 partner entities. Alongside Portugal, it also includes Italy, France, Cyprus, the United Kingdom (Wales and Scotland), Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and 11 organizations frim civil society (CSO). Each country is represented by a Municipality and a CSO, which collaborate as technical partners of the municipalities.

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