The Academy took place on a sunny Saturday, September 26th. The Academy was organized at the primary school – Zespół Szkół w Brzozówce.
Altogether 75 children from Zespół Szkół w Brzozówce and of Zott team from different Torun schools attended the Academy in Toruń.
The Academy was made possible thanks to the commitment of Zott. The event was free-of-charge- for all the attending children, who were aged 8-14. Many thanks to the team of the local Zott team and local Forestry team, without whom the implementation of the Academy, venue, technology, food, tree-planting event and much more would not have been possible.
After a brief welcome by Zott representatives and the host school director, the full attention of the children turned to the presentation "Now we save children the world!", which was given by previously appointed Climate Justice Ambassadors: Alicja and Maciej. The presentation covered: sources of CO2, global warming, photosynthesis, the climate crisis, Plant-for-the-Planet and global justice. These topics were presented in a way suitable for children of the same age. In the subsequent question and answer session, the children had the opportunity to eliminate any ambiguities they may still have had.
After a short break with light refreshments (yoghurts and snacks), the children were divided into four small groups to learn about global distribution and justice in the World Game. The children distributed playing figures, candy and balloons on the world maps laid out on the floor as symbols of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. The children didn’t need to be told twice to distribute the balloons and sweets among the playing figures. Eventually, the CO2 emissions and wealth were distributed fairly - everyone has equal rights.
Then the children formed four public speaking groups and prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation that they had seen at the start of the day. They gave each other tips on how to improve their presentations in the future.
The children then broke for lunch and were able to relax a little and to discuss the topics covered so far with each other.
After the lunch break the children were taken by bus to the forest. Before the planting commenced, the children listened intently to the advice of the invited forester. He explained how and when to plant trees, and also showed the children how to care for them to make sure they survive. In total they planted 500 pine trees trees in just over 90 minutes. After the planting the children were taken by bus back to the school.
After a short break it was back to the programme. While a small group prepared to give the final presentation for the attending parents and other guests, the rest of the children started the "World Café" module. The children worked on the following questions as at four stations questions: "How do we ensure that the media reports about us?", "How do we motivate the adults?", "How do we motivate friends and classmates?" and "How do we organize a planting party?"
After everyone had the opportunity to write down their thoughts to each question, the school groups got to work on the solutions. The ideas and solutions are presented in a clear manner: "What we want to do at our school; who is responsible for which task and by when do we want to achieve our goals"
Together with a shortened version of the Academy presentation, the outcomes of the school group work was presented to the attending family, friends and guests.
After a long, eventful, and enjoyable day, all 75 participants received their certificates, which recognised them as a Climate Justice Ambassador. An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all new Ambassadors took with them a copy of Tree-by-Tree, and Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt they collected at the start of the day. Parents, friends, organizers and guests were very impressed by the performance of the children.
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