The Black Sea Box project

What is the project about?

The Black Sea Box project (2012 - 2013) is aimed at raising awareness among children and those around them of the main environmental problems of the Black Sea and address these problems by individual action promoting its protection. The project is part of a large programme “Every Drop Matters” undertaken with the co-sponsorship of the Coca-Cola Company and the UNDP which has been implemented in more than 20 countries.

Our Goal

Contributing to the protection of the environment and promote the sustainable use of natural resources through the coordination of an educational and capacity building programme in all the following six coastal countries listed in alphabetical order (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine).

The approach of the project is to create an educational kit entitled “Black Sea Box”, which will include interactive educational materials, a teacher’s guide, posters, leaflets and related games to attract the attention of school kids between 9-12 years of age to make them aware of the environmental issues that are threatening the Black Sea.

What have we accomplished so far

The Black Sea Box kit was reviewed and approved by the Ecological Education Laboratory of the Institute of Educational Problems at National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. A total of 20 trainers and hundreds of teachers were trained on the use of the toolkit, and are now actively using this methodology in their work with students. More than 4000 sets of the Black Sea Box were disseminated in over 2000 schools in Mykolaiv, Odessa and Kherson regions and Crimea. Overall, over 100,000 students were engaged in this educational programme.

The gained experience is actively transmitted in the teachers’ and trainers’ native regions thanks to constant interaction with their colleagues. The course offers interdisciplinary training combining area studies, biology, cultural studies and linguistics, and meets the needs of the students’ native area.

Several significant public awareness events were organized to inform the widest audience possible on the issues related to the protection of the Black Sea from pollution. They include, among others:

1. Black Sea Day conference in Yevpatoriya (AR Crimea), 31 October 2011

2. Training for Trainers for 20 teachers/methodologists (4 from each targeted region) – May 2012

3. Black Sea Day conference in Odessa - 31 October 2012. 50 participants from 5 participating regions took part in the event and discussed use of the toolkit in schools.

4. On 6 November 2012, an Information Corner on the Black Sea and Every Drop Matters/Black Sea Box project was created at the Kyiv Water Information Center (Water Museum). The official opening of the Corner was conducted in the framework of the annual Aqua Press Club. The ceremony comprised an official opening ceremony as well as a demonstration lesson on the Black Sea Box. 

5. Presentation of the Black Sea Box at the Lviv Publishers  Forum (Lviv, 18 May 2013, open class with participation of 60 children).

6. Black Sea Day conference-workshop (Odessa, 31 October – 1 November 2013). The workshop showed that the project goes beyond the school and teaching only. The set up of the on-line platform, which would gather the experience, materials and news on the Black Sea Box was discussed. The project aims to reach parents and involve them into ecological actions. 

Who Finances it?

United Nations Development Programme and Coca-Cola Company.

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

Activities of the Programme were the following:

Activity 1. Preparing the toolkit in Ukrainian and its introduction into official use in Ukrainian educational establishments

This task implementation envisaged performing of several actions, among others:

  1. Presentation of the Black Sea Box Project and Draft Material
  2. Expertise of the Black Sea Box materials by the experts of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (NAPSU)
  3. Translation and printing of the national kit
  4. Approval of the Black Sea Box by the special commission of the NAPSU and receiving the classification of the toolkit as recommended for the use in educational institutions

Activity 2. Distribution of the Black Sea Box toolkits and capacity building of teachers/instructors to use innovative methodology in their work with children

This Activity is aimed to ensure that Black Sea Box toolkits reach children and used during the educational process by Ukrainian teachers. Capacity building initiatives include trainings, classes, and conferences. This Activity was carried out through the implementation of several types of actions:

  1. Training of trainers
  2. Seed trainings - training of school teachers. Dissemination of 4000 copies of the Black Sea Box toolkit
  3. Classes conducted by trained teachers
  4. Review of the results and approbation of the Tool Kit, and awareness raising events

Activity 3. Public awareness raising among Ukrainian residents

The project conducted several public awareness raising events targeting various groups, especially in the regions located on the Black Sea coast. The following actions are envisaged

  1. Public awareness events on the Black Sea Day
  2. Media campaigning on issues related to the Black Sea protection

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Delivery in 2012 amounted to USD 34128.42. Delivery in 2013 amounted to USD 41.022.

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