Joint work usually pays off. And when 10 people working in education get together to create something new and exciting for children, they take the joy and the most interesting facts and activities and share everything, including themselves, for a fun and rewarding program. This time the new program involved discovering the biology, ethology and mythology surrounding the wolf as a protected species in Romania and in Germany.
During the first week of June 2016, educators from environmental centres in Germany and from SCHUBZ Romania joined for a summer school in the area of Rasnov, to explore possibilities of further cooperation. The summer school was part of the project “Centre for Environmental Education Romania”, carried out by SCHUBZ Luineburg and Mioritics Association and funded by DBU and it mirrored a similar summer school organized in 2015 in Germany. A core part of it included the joint development of a new ESD test program about the wolf population from Romania and Germany, which was tested with a class of pupils from the Peter Thal School in Rasnov. The group had meetings with Romanian specialists working in education and public awareness from ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas, Piatra Craiului National Park and WWF Romania. They also took part in a special presentation and up-cycling workshop prepared by the students of the Transilvania University.
The pupils who dived in the life of the wolves wrote letters to their unknown German friends, telling them the wolf is no enemy. The replies will come to them in the fall. In the meantime the wolves are coming back to new areas of Germany and are still a hot topic to talk about in the Romanian forests.