WWF, the world organization for nature protection, has started a new cycle of the Academy of Nature and this year brings together 15 primary and secondary schools from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and seven protected areas from both countries. Through working with our experienced mentors and educators, participants will learn more about topics such as biodiversity, protected areas, ecosystem services, cultural heritage, project management, active citizenship, communication and promotion, in order to engage in active and creative nature protection.
Each school that participates in the program as a team implements various activities in cooperation with WWF and the manager of the protected area from their immediate vicinity. Upon completion of the Academy, participants become ambassadors of their protected area and together with the manager continue to promote its natural, cultural and historical values.
“We are aware of the challenges faced by educators in order to provide quality education during the pandemic, which is why we have adjusted the program of our Academy so that schools can integrate it into regular classes and implement activities as they see fit in the current conditions. can be very variable. We believe that it is important to maintain a connection with nature among students. In the previous cycle, teachers pointed out that there was a positive change in children’s behavior towards nature, attitudes towards their local community, but also that they learned what teamwork and joint decision-making is, “said WWF education program coordinator Jovana Dragic May.
The program is conducted online, but the activities are designed so that students individually or in small groups with teachers can do individual tasks in nature. We are especially glad that this year in Bosnia and Herzegovina the number of participating schools is twice as high as the previous one, adds Dragić May.
The Academy’s program is intended for elementary and high school students, but WWF has not neglected preschoolers either. We have developed a manual for preschool institutions and protected areas “Livadinka Poljakov”, which offers practical ideas for activities that will develop a responsible attitude towards nature and all its beings in the youngest children.
WWF Adria is implementing the Academy of Nature as part of a regional project “Protected areas for nature and people”, The project is focused on improving the management of protected areas, which are important for the conservation of biodiversity in the Western Balkans and the socio-economic development of local communities. The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida.
Source: WWF Adria
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