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Clues to understanding socio–civic events messaging about plastic invasion - an info-session

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-02-18 in Braila, Romania

On the 18th of February the College ‘Ana Aslan’ hosted the 1st UUD info-session . Key elements of the project were introduced in different ways to some 60 participants including, staff, teachers, local stakeholders and youth from the city of Braila.

The Romanian National Agency was also represented by their expert Bogdan Dumitru.

...an exhibition of the students and teachers from colleges ‘Edmond Nicolau’, ‘Gh.N. Murgoci’ and the Art School ‘Hariclea Darclee’ was urging participants to be intelligent and not throw away plastic and other kinds of wastes but turn them into attractive art work or useful objects ...Meanwhile a video was on showing art installations made of plastic bags and bottles...

   

...Dan Patzelt and Luminita Danaila put togther a happening called ‘Just do not leave plastic wastes behind’ ...Dan, an activist from an enviromental organization involved all in an exercise of 'producing’ and collecting plastic trash, demonstraded why plastic was chemically bad.

      

...There were also two presentations . One by Aura Ion illustrating plastic invasion, art installations from overseas, civic events warning about plastic pollution; the other by Georgiana Troia introducing the audience to the process and tools for the TNA . Questionnaires were spread and future Focus groups explained and scheduled.

      

... Georgiana also briefly announced the Motion for the public debade competition ‘No more plastic’ , debate teams from six colleges registered for the competition and each draw their match for the preliminary encounter... judges were also appointed form among the debate trainers.... all were informed to follow the info flows on Mr Organicescu Facebook account for substantiating their positions...

  

At the end of the day we knew our audience had become more curious and were looking forward to being involved in teh future ...

Many thanks to Georgiana Troia, Dan Patzelt, Aurelia Ion, Luminita Danaila and Ionel Filip for their professional inputs. Many thanks to the audience ... There would not have been any event without their presence, would it?

More information at:
https://www.facebook.com/DCOrganic/
https://refuzaplasticrau.wordpress.com/
http://www.plasticsfree.eu/activities
http://www.plasticsfree.eu/repository


Innovative info-session: project promotion and focus group in action

By Anna Lalkovska
2016-02-13 in Pernik, Bulgaria

On 13.02.2016 in Struma hotel, Pernik, Conference Hall South was organized Info session and focus group of seniors under the Project UUD. The project team Anna Lalkovska and Neli Nikolaeva provided for each guest a folder with project summary, project leaflet and photos of Mr Organicy. The info session started at 12 h with presentation of the project, activities implemented so far. Anna Lalkovska shared also good practices examples of partners from Romania – competitions at schools, cooperation with Kaufland and Italian arts installations. Participants from School 179 and Vocational Gymnasium of tourism and Fashion declared interest to be involved in creation and arrangement of arts installations in Bulgaria.

At 13 h started Focus Group – seniors.

The Focus group was carried out with 6 people representing the project target group and indirect beneficiaries.

Participants: 1 teacher;1 director; 4 seniors.

Introduction was done by moderator Anna Lalkovska; assistant moderator – Neli Nikolaeva regarding the purpose of focus group - to find out training needs assessments on Moodle based e-learning platform for organizations, which work with seniors. The participants were welcomed by the moderator, thanked for agreeing to be part of the focus group, appreciating willingness to participate. It was explained that their input is important sharing honest and open thoughts with project team, because every person's experiences and opinions are valuable- when you agree or disagree in order to hear a wide range of opinions; to feel comfortable when sharing sensitive issues.

Ludmila Milenova shared the necessity to be explained in details which are different types of plastics as far as they are not equal dangerous and people do not have relevant information.

Iliyana Arestova shared her good practices model to do shopping in cotton bags.

Aleksandar Vasilev proposed to be included in project activities students from Arts Club – Palace of Culture who could contribute to arts installations.

At 14 h started A Focus Group: disadvantaged people in the Youth Centre

Participants:1 teacher;1 manager; 5 disadvantaged people.

Introduction was done by moderator Anna Lalkovska; assistant moderator – Neli Nikolaeva regarding the purpose of focus group - to find out training needs assessments on Moodle based e-learning platform for organizations, which work with disadvantaged people. The participants were welcomed by the moderator, thanked for agreeing to be part of the focus group, appreciating willingness to participate. It was explained that their input is important sharing honest and open thoughts with project team, because every person's experiences and opinions are valuable- when you agree or disagree in order to hear a wide range of opinions; to feel comfortable when sharing sensitive issues.

Maria Hristova shared that disadvantaged people are ought to use plastics many times and to buy only the most necessary thing in everyday life so they keep the planet clean more than the others.

Kiril Dimitrov shared that people especially old generation have no info regarding dangerous effect of plastic bottles kept in the sun.

Iva Mindizova proposed to be distributed leaflets for disadvantaged people who do not have internet access how to use correctly plastics for their health and for the wellbeing of the planet.

All discussions were recorded.


The start...

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-01-29 in Braila, Romania

After three months from contract signature, the project partners met face to face for the first time ... It is really exciting to see what an incredible role experience plays in a partnership working long distance for a significant while...

We had two great mornings with Anna Lalkovska from BASD, Bulgaria, Simona Savickiene from the European Institute, Lithuania and Aurelia Ion from Initiativa, Romania. They gave their best on the UUD dissemination strategy, tutorial structures and the e-learning platform. At the end of the day we had a clear decision on how to finish and exchange our national dissemination strategies as well as the training needs assessment process and tools for the next period. Last but not least, the newsletter structure was agreed and a cross project dissemination team set up;

...particularly because of the differences between those who knew so much and those who did not, the e-learning platform took us some time in terms of its public interface and interactivy . In the end, Borja Munoz from Inercia, Spain gave us his expert opinion and took note of everybody’s need for training on the intricacies of the e-learning platform and structures bridging tutors with learners. He promised an unforgettable training in Heulva, Spain to take place in March.

...the partners and over 70 students and teachers attended the afternoon sessions ...guest speakers like Dan Patzelt from ADU, Bucharest completely against plastic debated with Lucian Tilea from Braila totally for plastic in our lives..thrilled the audience

  

...the beautiful concert hall and yard of the Art School in Braila hosted the happening directed by Monsignor Pierluigi, the Italian parent of the project idea. .

...two college teams presented their winning works under the Kaufland Olympics with particular focus on wastes reuse and environment protection.

... the Romanian team announced the youth public debate on plastics for six college teams inclcuding the preliminary on plastics elimination , the semifinals on plastics consumption reduction and the final on recycling .

We said good bye and stepped confidently into the second quarter of our project ...