Environmental Education in Korça County: Engaging 9-Year-Old Students from Pogradec to Pustec

In Korça County, on March 11th, 12th, and 13th, a series of activities in the field of environmental education unfolded across three 9-year primary schools: “Kozma Gjoke Basho” in Pogradec, “Mësonjëtorja e Parë Shqipe” in Korçë, and “2 Dëshmorët” in Pustec. These activities were implemented as part of a joint effort to build an innovative approach to environmental education and to encourage awareness and participation of students in environmental conservation.

On March 11th, 2024, at the 9-year primary school “Kozma Gjoke Basho” in Pogradec, a theoretical session on environmental care and practical work was organized to explore the use of wind as an energy source to activate mini-turbines built from paper. This successful experience provided a unique platform for students to understand the concepts of renewable energy and to appreciate their impact on the environment.

On March 12th, 2024, at the 9-year primary school “First Albanian Elementary” in Korçë, the environmental education activity was organized as part of “Plant a Flower Day” to raise awareness among students about the importance of protecting fauna and to encourage their involvement in activities promoting nature care. Students planted flower seeds in biodegradable pots to later replant them in the ground. After planting the seeds, students were encouraged to follow the process of flower growth. This action promotes environmental awareness but also offers practical knowledge to understand the nurturing process of botanical life.

Meanwhile, on March 13th, 2024, at the 9-year primary school in Pustec, a fundamental discussion was held to reflect on the importance of environmental care and to analyze the impact of human actions on nature. The active participation of students in this discussion helped broaden their awareness of their role in environmental conservation. Guided by RAPA Korçë specialists, a herbarium was created to identify and document the characteristic flora of their area, and students created and observed terrariums to understand the functioning of a small ecosystem and the importance of its preservation.

These activities, developed in Korça County, describe an effort undertaken to advance the awareness and participation of students in environmental conservation and care. Focusing on the field of environmental education, a dedicated innovative approach was demonstrated to build a sustainable environmental culture permanently. Through theoretical sessions, practical activities, and discussions, a platform was offered for students to understand the essence and impact of their actions on the environment, as well as to develop concrete skills in nature conservation and care.