The Blue School concept:
• The baseline of the project, it aims to establish a common language for partners and potential additional schools that will find attractive the idea of joining the initiative, what we mean by referring to blue economy or to a blue school
• The goal towards which the partnership and individual schools’ efforts have to be directed and way to achieve them (results: Roadmap for the implementation of the Blue School concept in the schools)
• a means to multiply project results and propagate them in additional EU countries
All over Europe and beyond, teachers are looking for innovative ways of engaging their students with the big issues facing today’s societies. Blue Schools is inviting secondary school teachers of all subjects to use the blue economy as a way of engaging pupils in school subjects, and to share their ideas!
Blue Schools project aims to introduce Blue Economy to school education and support students to build a sustainable future in coastal areas and islands. This can be achieved through the development of educational resources and building synergies at local level.
The Mediterranean Sea is an invaluable natural and economic resource in Europe and Africa, mainly for habitants living along the coast. Currently, students learn from textbooks or multimedia. Field activities are not common during school education. Thus, Mediterranean students have not the opportunity to gain additional familiarity with the marine environment.
People that live in coastal areas face a variety of challenges in their everyday life: Depopulation, marine and sea pollution, unemployment or seasonal and low-quality jobs, loss of traditional economic activities, like fishing etc. Most of these areas host a large amount of tourists during spring/summer time, which causes an overexploitation of natural resources and large amounts of waste while in the winter time these areas are shrinked and struggling to survive.
Having the above mentioned things in mind, partners of Blue Schools project are setting up a European competition, in order to bring awareness to secondary education students and create a network of schools that face the same “Blue challenges”.
The Competition is organised by Blue Schools’ partnership aiming at introducing the concept of Blue Economy to young age people from 12 to 16 years old.