Hungary – Sierra Leone: lessons learnt

One of the most important conclusions of the Hungarian-Sierra Leonean case study was that student actions were of outmost importance. Other educational processes paved the way to making a change in their immediate environment. Creativity manifested itself in the multifaceted nature of actions.

For example, Hungarian schools realized the following actions related to environmental sustainability:
– Selective waste collection was introduced with the help of the volunteer group of university students (ELTE EKSZ).
– Recycled materials (old newspapers, sheets) were used to create fashionable clothes, which were promoted during the school day and through a video of the fashion shooting. Waste was also used to create art pieces, toys and practical objects.

The actions of the schools in Sierra Leone were also varied:
– There is no potable running water in Freetown, thus, the students also looked for ways to reuse plastic water bags. Upcycling in this case, took the form of establishing a school garden.
– One of the most successful elements of the actions was the involvement of the local community. One school prepared a play, and visited schools in their neighbourhood to direct their attention to proper waste management.

Read more: HU_Case study

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