The 3rd, 4th and 5th Academies in Hungary took place in Törökbálint on the 26, 27 and 28. March 2019. They were free-of-charge for the 81 attending children, aged from 9 to 13.
The Academies began with some welcoming words of Zita Szöllősi-Sebestyén. Then the full attention of the children turned to the presentation “Now we children save the world!” given by Climate Justice Ambassador, Bence Fedor. Complex topics, such as sources of CO2, global warming, photosynthesis, the climate crisis and global justice were presented in a suitable way for children – and nobody could be better for that task than Bence Fedor. After the presentation, the participants had the chance to clarify their questions.
For the following part, the children were divided into small groups, to learn about global distribution and global justice in the so-called “World Game”. The children distributed tokens, coins and balloons among the continents displayed on the world map. The three playing figures symbolize the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. After seeing the real-life distribution of these resources, all children agreed that the distribution was unjust. Although only 5 per cent of the population lives in North America, they possess almost 30 per cent of the world income and emit 20 per cent of CO2 emissions. Therefore the children redistributed the sweets and balloons, in order to visualize how a fair distribution would look like and to keep in mind that everyone should have equal rights.
In order to take action and speak up for their future, the children need good presentation and speaking skills. Therefore the participants prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation they had listened to in the morning. They gave each other feedback on how to improve their presentations in the future.
After a short lunch break, the children had the opportunity to take action for their future right away: They went to plant trees! In addition, they received information on how to plant trees, when to plant them and how to take care of them. In return, the participants were able to show off their newly gained knowledge about the role and importance of trees. As a result, the children planted 12 trees.
After that, some attendees started to practice the final presentation for the evening event and the others started the World Café. During this activity, the participants collected ideas on how to get the attention of the media, how to motivate adults, friends and classmates and how to organize a planting party. During this phase, the children made awesome posters and artworks which they can use to decorate their classrooms in order to educate their classmates. Afterwards, the children gathered together and planned their own projects, which they want to implement after the Academy.
At the end of the day, family, friends and guests arrived for the evening event. The children proudly presented the prepared presentation and their ideas from the World Café.
An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all participants were appointed as Climate Justice Ambassadors and received a certificate, a Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt and the book ‘Tree-by-Tree’. Organizers and guests were very impressed by the performance of the children.
The Academies were made possible thanks to the commitment of Green&Care Green Marketing Agency. We also want to thank the Hungarian Vegan Association for the awesome food and the Kerekdomb Association for Environmental Protection who provided us trees. Special thanks go to the Plant-for-the-Planet Programme Coordinator Zita Szöllősi-Sebestyén and also the other supporting co-moderators, organizers, teachers, students and parents.
A huge thanks to all the helpers around the venue, technology, food and tree planting event. Without their support, the Academies would not have been possible.
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You can find Photos of the Academies here.