In the summer of 2013 we intended to deepen our knowledge, but also to share with other young people through Waste no more what we know about environmental protection, consumerism, status of waste, human ecology, features, and what unites us, with the purpose of creating an island of learning different topics. So we brought together young people from different countries: Romania, Spain, Estonia, Latvia and Turkey. Basically, this was Waste no more , which represented an international youth exchange held in Alba County, near Rosia Montana, from 14th to 23rd of August.
An island of experiential learning was thus created, which increased the awareness of the 25 young people from rural and urban areas, aged 15-25 years, about the importance of responsible consumption and product stages in nature. Therefore, at the end of the project the participants had developed their creativity and entrepreneurial skills , learned about the environment and how humans interact with it and how to improve this connection; they managed to complete the activities initiated and their self-esteem and knowledge about their own culture as well as about other cultures, and about European citizenship increased. Non-formal and experiential learning were the basis of our activities, with the aim of increasing tolerance, solidarity and social inclusion.
The concept of Zero Waste.
European citizenship .
In short : Waste no more
Among the results of the project we can mention learning through non-formal education methods of various concepts. These are:
– EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP (they learned what European citizenship is through group work and a presentation and found out how much the locals know about it by asking them directly),
– SOLIDARITY, TOLERANCE AND COOPERATION. The activities took place in mixed teams with members from several countries, in workshops such as ” How to “, where a national team taught the rest of the group how to obtain different products by reusing materials, or quest in the city where the participants learned about the local community, activities related to stereotypes, cooked at the locals house, were invited to dinner by the locals, went to a wedding,
– ENTREPRENEURSHIP. They created products by reusing the various materials that had been used during the daily activities, or materials commonly used in the households of the participating countries. They imagined situations where current problems were solved and they created materials which were presented in the community of Abrud.
– CULTURE . There was an exchange in terms of the culture of each country with the help of national evenings in which each team created an environment that brought the others in its country-specific conditions , passes through rituals, games and tastings. Also, the cultural stereotypes barrier was broken through close teamwork and getting to know young people who are part of a certain culture. The young participants communicated and interacted with people from the Abrud community, but also from Rosia Montana, they saw a part of the culture of the place and went to the FanFest festival. As a cultural exchange without visiting local homes is incomplete, the youngsters made friends and even cooked in their homes, in their spare time.
– WASTE. SUSTAINABILITY. HUMAN ECOLOGY. During the nine days they learned about these
concepts, debated on the situation in each country, with Turkey being the exotic element. They have completed a quest in which they saw and heard directly from the locals how waste was managed, they created their own scenarios for finding solutions in their households in their country and in the global context. These solutions aimed to contain elements of sustainability and to be useful both to man and the environment. The initiator of Zero waste Romania visited us and told us about the concept, how it works and what steps we can take, in Romania and at international level.
The project contained a part of mentoring as well, so that by the end of 2013 we mentored and guided two young people, and this resulted in the creation of two new non-governmental organizations in Romania, in different regions of the country. We wish them success in all their initiatives.
This press release does not represent the official position of the European Commission. The responsibility over the information presented, their coherence go to the beneficiary of the grant. Waste no more was financed through Youth in Action Programe of the European Commission.