Students, teachers, and parents together in Recycling Week with ECOPACK
The national educational program “Recycling Week with ECOPACK” will be held for the first time in more than 50 schools in Sofia. It was launched with a special event at Hilton Hotel in Sofia attended by Ms. Denitsa Satcheva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Ms. Ivelina Vassileva, Chair of the Committee on the Environment and Water with the National Assembly, Ms. Lorita Radeva, Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Environment, Agriculture, and Forests with Sofia Municipality Council, Ms. Vanya Kastreva, Head of the Sofia Inspectorate on Education, as well as school directors and teachers from the capital. The project was initiated by ECOPACK Bulgaria, the leading packaging waste recovery organization licensed by the Ministry of Education and Science. During the week students’ attention will be drawn to the topics of separate waste collection, recycling and recovery; environmental preservation, and sustainable development. The program includes themed lessons, as well as various events and extracurricular activities. In this way, it aims to bring together the efforts of teachers, students, and parents to encourage separate collection of packaging waste and improve knowledge about its recycling.
“The Program will span three years. It will start in Sofia within the European Week for Waste Reduction (November 21-29). We will begin with the schools in Sofia and next year will include 12 more municipalities, the first of which will be Bourgas,” said Executive Director of ECOPACK Bulgaria, Todor Bourgoudjiev. He thanked the program partners and expressed his hope that more and more schoolchildren will develop a keen sense of responsibility towards the environment. He further said children were the best ambassadors of the idea and could win over and pass on to their parents the concern for the environment, ultimately making Bulgaria a better and cleaner place to live. Mr. Bourgoudjiev shared the investment in the initiative amounted to BGN 200,000 and added that it was money spent gladly because it would go towards raising a new generation, with a new mindset and culture.
ECOPACK Bulgaria provides the participating schools with a special teacher’s set including an environmental lesson plan handbook for grades 1 through 7 and grades 8 through 12, videos, tips and instructions for conducting educational games and competitions, and educational posters. The teacher aids and manuals have been designed by a team of teachers under the Zaedno v Chas [Together in Class] Program and present the topics in an engaging manner for the children.
“I would like to thank ECOPACK Bulgaria for the investments and the efforts. I hope this will be a successful initiative. It comes to confirm that education is a priority not only to the government, but also to the business community,” said Deputy Minister of Education and Science Denitsa Satcheva.
Ms. Satcheva further announced that MES would create a donor portal listing all of the companies investing in education projects so as to make them known and accessible to more schools.
All of the schools that decide to join the Recycling Week with ECOPACK will be provided with recycling bins and special certificates. The most active and resourceful teachers will also be awarded. School classes during the “Recycling Week with ECOPACK” will be attended by some well-known bTV personalities.
“This is a most timely initiative. Children often become teachers to their parents. Recycling is an urgent issue on our agenda as each person generates half a ton of waste a year, and one ton of recycled waste saves 17 trees,” said Ms. Ivelina Vassileva, Chair of the Committee on the Environment and Water with the National Assembly, in her welcome speech to the participants.