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The Baltic Sea

by Hans Põldoja — last modified 2011-06-11 16:20 Share
The Baltic Sea Project is an international network among schools for a better environment in the Baltic catchment area. The countries bordering on the Baltic share many environmental problems, one of which is the pollution of the Baltic Sea. These problems can only be solved by cooperation among those countries, which have different languages, cultures, habits, traditions and technical standards. In attempting to solve the environmental problems, education is one of the key factors.

The aims of the project are:

To increase the awareness of the students about the environmental problems in the Baltic Sea area and to give them an understanding of the scientific, social and cultural aspects of the interdependence between man and nature.

To develop the ability of the students to study changes in the environment.

To encourage students to participate in developing a sustainable future.
Increased awareness about the environmental problems in the Baltic Sea area and to give them an understanding of the scientific, social and cultural aspects of the interdependence between man and nature.
BSP activities can be carried out in many subjects and do not require special prerequisite knowledge and skills.

The Baltic Sea Project was launched in 1989

Practical measures

- To set up a network of schools and other educational institutions.
- To create and develop educational approaches and joint programmes for environmental and international education.
- To organize joint activities and events.
- To publish the BSP newsletter and other relevant information.

Educational approach

- To achieve a balance between a holistic view and individual subject studies.
- To change the role of the student from passive recipient to active constructor.
- To change the role of the teacher from supervisor to guide in a learning process.
- To use networks to provide participants with opportunities to learn and pass along new ideas.
- To use international cooperation as an inherent element of school work.

These activities are carried out under 8 programmes:
- Water quality in the Baltic Sea
- Rivers
- BSP Coast Watch
- Air Quality
- Phenological Studies
- Bird Ecology
- Environmental History
- Oicosophy
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