In Romania and Norway mountain areas are facing sustainability-related problems due to several trends, some of them concerning young people (consumer behaviour, socio-economic migration, unemployment).
Greenovation Challenge is a bilateral project for environmental education, developed by Junior Achievement Romania in partnership with Sogn og Fjordane Ungt Entreprenorskap Norway and ROMONTANA, project funded through the EEA Grants 2009-2014 within the NGO Fund in Romania.
The project’s goal was to support sustainable development and improve environment’s state in the two countries, by developing teenagers’ competences to actively participate and contribute as citizens in the sustainable exploitation of natural and cultural heritage.
The project, implemented during May 2014 and April 2016, generated attitude changes among 50 teachers and 950 high school students from mountain areas who collaborated, strengthening intercultural networks.
Participants benefited from an educational experience for sustainability and intelligent resource management, with free access to learning materials and practical activities (community projects, competition).
The project will have a long term impact by creating awareness among teenagers regarding links between education and environmental sustainability, school knowledge applicability and future career and a better capacity to identify opportunities for exploiting natural capital of mountain areas.