Junior Achievement Bulgaria's Green Cross-Border Project officially kicks off with an information event, followed by an introductory two-day green entrepreneurship training for 20 teachers from selected schools.
During the training, they became acquainted with the educational materials under the Junior Achievement Bulgaria GREENT program, which will be used for teaching at school during the second term and for organizing practical activities for generating and modeling business ideas for green business.
"The Green Cross-Border Project is in tune with and in support of the new attitude that we humans must take towards nature as a whole - resources are exhaustive, the climate is changing and we must not only save the environment, but also consciously regenerate valuable ecosystems that surround us and provide us with our goods for free. The philosophy of JA Bulgaria and the partners who stand by us in this project is through an entrepreneurial approach and a way of thinking to find solutions to tackle climate change and resource depletion. The aim is to create a comprehensive approach that makes practical education the basis for the actual implementation of environmentally friendly products and services by young entrepreneurs from school. "- said Milena Stoycheva, Executive Director of the educational organization JA Bulgaria, a leader in the two-year project.
The planned training activities will start in a week and will increase the capacity of 520 young people, 26 teachers and representatives of 10 NGOs, businesses and government institutions in the field of green entrepreneurship, environmental protection and green innovation. The 20 schools selected from more than 70 applicants are from Burgas, Velingrad, Vidin, Varshets, Gotse Delchev, Zlatitsa, Kazanlak, Kneja, Kostinbrod, Lom, Pravets, Razgrad, Ruse, Sandanski, Silistra, Smolyan, Haskovo and Sofia.
Among the topics that will be presented in the classroom with the help of numerous inspiring examples of good practices and young green entrepreneurs from around the world are Systems Theory, Systems Thinking, The Anthropocene, Biodiversity and Its Threats, Climate Change, Circular Economy, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Entrepreneurial and Green Thinking, Progressive Thinking, Innovative Ideas and Business Models for Sustainable Business and more.
The project, which will continue until 2021, envisages a series of events aimed at establishing contacts and exchanging ideas between NGOs, business, government and schools, as well as exchanging good practices between Norway and Bulgaria in the field of green innovations and creating sustainable and responsible businesses. Eight or more cross-border teams will be formed through work under the JA Training Company program, which will deliver innovative ideas to address climate change and the best of them will be able to apply to the Green Business Norway accelerator. The creation of a working Norwegian-Bulgarian youth organization (for young people over 18), mentors and experts will be encouraged to build on the project's results and ensure its sustainability.
In the long run, the drive of the initiators is to form a new attitude and mindset to help young people to be active participants in the development and implementation of innovative solutions at home and in business.