HANGING OUT & LEARNING

FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE X-PARC 2.0 PROJECT – DEVELOPMENT A CROSS BORDER ECO-INCLUSIVE SPACE AND KNOWLEDGE CENTER

An English-language extract from a study conducted by the association in March 2017.

INTRODUCTION

I.2 THE COMMON CHALLENGE

In the surrounding settlements, alienation is intensifying, and traditional community values are increasingly drawn from local societies. To address and alleviate the social problems of the region, it is necessary to strengthen the

local identity, to provide cultural and entertainment opportunities for the young people and to provide recreational and afterschool facilities.

Building on the local natural and cultural assets, there are many services which, however, do not reach the desirable level in terms of quantity and, above all, qualitative aspects. Due to the infrastructural backwardness of the available services (riding, cycling, bathing, fishing, hunting, etc.), it is not enough to serve the target group in a high standard and this problem is further complicated by the fact that there is little scope for these recreational facilities, number of recreational places.

An important part of community building, especially among young people can be the growing number of leisure activities.

I.3 ECO ISSUES

The natural environment and its protection is a key issue for both Hungary and Romania because of the border area has many protected areas. Earlier projects and activities of the Zöld 14 – Euroregion Association also prove that it is important to develop the environmental consciousness of the population, especially among youth, recognition of environmental values and emphasis on the need for their protection. The area is rich in (potential) recreational attractions. Many of these are rundown and require investments aimed at their improvement, as well as related leisure facilities, services and proper communication.

INFO

The study is based on the experiences of the association's recent activities, such as:

questionnaire survey among border residents,

eco-clubs,

eco-thesis events,

eco-counseling services,

environmental awareness campaigns,

forums,

lectures,

open classes.

*http://www.zold14.hu/xparc.html,

http://www.x-parc.ro/index.php/hu/

FINANCING FUNDS:

“Development of a Cross-Border Protected Areas Resource Centre”,

(X-PARC HURO/1101/187/1.3.1) HURO project *

"For Greener Békéscsaba" - Supplying the population with environmental information and forming a sustainability approach" (PTKF/1222/2015) - Zöld Forrás,

National Environmental Fund (Ministry of Agriculture), 2015

"Operating the 'Green-Point' front- office in Békéscsaba" - Nemzeti Együttműködési Alap" (NEA-UN-16- M-1689), 2016

II. NEEDS & DEMANDS

The main focus of a Program, which increasing eco-consciousness among young people and gives possibilities to hanging each others at the same time, is to promoting social inclusion at the border region. Mutual experience among students increase trust and the possibility of future cooperation.

The need to create an outdoor space is crucial, that allows the organization of local society and community building. A center with a good infrastructure background provides a range of professional, leisure and sport activities and programs, it helps the healthy physical and spiritual development of local young people to be involved in community life.

A recreational and leisure attractions, which coordinate the formerly separate services (local products, handicrafts, health services, eco-solutions) so far lacked from similar services in the region.

Recreational services help for Romanian and Hungarian young people to move closer together with community experiences. A recreational HUB and related services are long-term opportunities for the local young population.

Schools concentrate on the compulsory knowledge of the core curriculum exaggerated, so the acquisition of practical and non-formal knowledge is limited. Teachers lack the capacity, the potential and the means to make environmental awareness formatted directly in school. Therefore, students do not get the knowledge and practice that would improve their environmental awareness during formal education. By organizing and managing these programs, it is possible to remove this burden from schools and provide them with additional opportunities.

Strengthening the people-to-people cooperation means promotes and preserves cultural diversity and common traditions, involving the local civil society. The activities support to small-scale cooperation initiatives of civil organizations in the fields of culture, and leisure activities (organizing festivals, joint local market events, preserving common cultural traditions) is essential from social and cultural point of view. In order to improve sustainability, these are multiannual programs. Cooperation is integral part of daily life, in communities in the immediate neighborhood of the border.

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II.1 ECO-CONSCIOUSNESS – RESULTS OF QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEYS (2015-2017)

In the Romanian-Hungarian border regions, unfavorable settlement environment changes occurred in the past decades. Negative processes and the resulting tendencies seriously affect both natural- ecological and socio-economic conditions. Nevertheless, we believe that by creating an environmentally conscious way of life, settlements in its area can become units of environmental conservation, the "islands" of sustainability.

In our view, based on the local environmental geographic characteristics, the border region is one of the Carpathian Basin areas where there is room for renewal and environmental development.

The aim of the questionnaire studies was to make it possible to get acquainted with the opinion, attitude, certain habits and ideas of the population living in the border area, as well as the relations and concerns of the environment.

Surveys affecting the regions of Romania and Hungary have revealed that concerns about environmental problems in these countries are also among the major ones compared to other critical issues. The fears of ecological sensitivity and environmental security have been intensified, and citizens living here want to take up jobs on environmental issues. In addition, during the last year, both societies have realized that, in the context of centrally managed environmental policies and expert decisions, civilian opinions on environmental issues are also pertinent and in some cases the population may have a veto power.

In these two countries, a further test result was that a more positive attitude towards environmental education among pupils participating in special environmental education is emerging and,

together, these young people are able to think and act at a higher level of "environmental- conform" manner. Some surveys have also shown that younger generations are becoming more environmentally aware in both Romania and Hungary.

The results of the Zöld 14 Association’s questionnaire surveys show, first of all, that the average population of the countries concerned is not sufficiently environmentally aware of their daily lives. The overwhelming majority of people are worried about the state of the environment, but only a few are willing to actually "sacrifice". According to the majority, environmental protection is not the responsibility of individuals, but of the state. For this reason, they see that heavy loads should be taxed more heavily and this could reduce the personal income tax and contribution burden for the population. In addition, "it should be more rigorous against the polluters who do not pay for the damage they cause". The population is approx. two-thirds would not want to pay an "environmental tax", even if that state would guarantee the improvement of the state of the environment. Surveys show, however, that most people are aware of the effects of environmental degradation, but their individual, household level is not perceived by people, so they do nothing in practice or think they can not act. Certain strata of society in the field of environmental affairs still show complete disinterest, but those who are in possession of the necessary knowledge can only be motivated to behaviors that do not require a monetary contribution and do not take much time.

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Based on the surveys1, the environmental awareness of the population of the two countries concerned has changed somewhat over the last decade, and the majority has become more sensitive to both local and global issues. Against the upward trends, it has also been shown that the environmental knowledge of ordinary people is still incomplete and does not address the relationships of the problems. Due to the material and cultural holes arising from the socio-economic situation, environmental problems are surrounded by uninterest. At the same time, it can be stated that environmental-conscious community goals and forms of activity are becoming more general, more widespread and even more intensified if socio-economic conditions improve.

Regardless of the positive factors and encouraging phenomena discovered in the research - despite the widening of environmental awareness - regrettably, activities to protect the environment can not be sufficiently developed. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, there is a lack of support systems, state and local government funds that can coordinate regional and municipal environmental programs. The material and human background of local environmental management in both countries is rather weak.

The most important findings of the surveys are:

-An important factor for the attitude of the population to environmental issues is that the majority of people in the area concerned; - 82% of them are affiliated with their place of residence, living in their beloved community

-The interest in the environment in the region is relatively lively. There is almost no respondent who is not interested in environmental matters, but only 15% of those who are not or sometimes only sometimes care about the environment (the level of interest of Hungarians proved to be stronger with a very slight difference)

-the decisive part of the population is informed, knowledge is mostly correct, sensitivity to conflicts and responsibility are perceptible

-Nearly 80% of respondents agree that responsibility for environmental matters must be assumed by all, but we still do little for it

-According to the majority, environmental protection is a very important task, but it is fundamentally dependent on its efficiency. Environmental health is considered to be important by respondents, and their own environment is considered to be relatively healthy - the respondents in Romania are basically good, while the vast majority of Hungarian respondents consider environmental health conditions to be moderate

-The most frequently asked questions about the Hungarian side are the lack of care of the settlement, the distorted street image, the low level of public sanitation and the garbage in the public area. In the settlements in Romania are concerned about dust and noise, the lack of illegal waste collection and the lack of local environmental ideas

-The judgment of drinking water quality was mixed, unfortunately many, more than one third of respondents considered water quality to be bad or moderate

-It is typical of the region that a very small percentage of the population are involved in the work of an environmental group or an association with similar objectives. 35% of respondents in the Hungarian side are sympathetic to these associations, but only 1-2% are members of a NGO. Respondents in Romania have chosen 90% of the "no" answers, so they do not even sympathize with environmental animal protection or other recreational associations that have a certain level of attachment to the "green approach".

Lesson to Learn:

-Most people in the region - in their settlements - do not want to move to live elsewhere. This may well be a good starting point for social cohesion, later developments and programs that require a lot of local environmental consciousness.

-The population considers it important to solve environmental problems that are perceived in certain settlements.

-Most respondents believe environmental responsibility is important to everyone, and it is important that everyone takes care of their environment personally.

-The protection of the environment involved in the development of settlements was considered important everywhere.

-People living in the area - regardless of their gender, demographic, qualification and occupation - broadly share and appreciate environmental issues.

-The assessment of settlements in the region differs between the respondents, and the environmental awareness of the settlements has been placed among the middle of the population during scaling.

-The population is still waiting for help from the outside in solving environmental problems, and the willingness of civil activity is insufficient. In the region, therefore, there is a need to revitalize civil public life and to support environmental activity.

1 https://goo.gl/F6iYhw 4

In the summer of 2017, we questioned the young people in municipality of Békéscsaba and its surroundings about how they see the recreational and leisure opportunities of their living environment and what problems they experience2. Answers to these questions help us to understand the problems affecting young people and find solutions to these problems.

III. VISIONS & OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of a joint, community-driven awareness

program would be creating community spaces for recreation, improving local quality of life by organizing traditional events, leisure and afterschool programs for local citizens, especially youth target group, moreover implement community initiatives for intellectual and community development of the border region.

Such a Program main focus is to help cooperation initiatives that bring people closer to each other, build cooperation, and strengthen relationships, the local identity, awareness and promoting sustainable development. The more livable, high quality cultural and recreational opportunities enhance local identity, increasing the population retention power of settlements. The aims are to facilitate the cooperation of communities living in border regions and promoting people to people contacts (enhancing cooperation and contacts between people of different origins, to encourage creativity, and provide a driving force for cultural innovation and economic development, based on heritage, traditions and tourism).

IV. PARTNERSHIP

Strengthening trust is a key condition of cross-border cooperation. Based on previous joint activities (such as X-PARC 1.0) partners could successfully manage the activities. Both organizations are well aware of the most important problems of their own area and are well aware of their potential solutions too. Both partners have a strong relationship with their target groups and stakeholders so the success of joint implementation is guaranteed. There are no such cross-border services in the region. Similar initiatives typically took place as a stand-alone, local activities that eventually ended and no longer work. It is a great advantage for the project to carry out activities that are novel and citizens of both countries can take part in it. Getting acquainted with young people and sharing experiences of local communities is an excellent opportunity to introduce the values of the two nations to the acquisition of common knowledge.

2https://goo.gl/TqN2r5

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It can be concluded that the environmental awareness of the social communities in Romania and Hungary is unfolding, but for a number of reasons it still does not perform well enough.

To make environmental consciousness as a cultural-mental factor really effective in studied

settlements, people's

knowledge needs to

expand, their perceptions

must change.

The most important results were as follows:

- Most respondents (85%) consider the leisure activities of their place of residence are unanimous

-The most mentioned problem is the lack of outdoor

recreational opportunities (63%).

-The majority of young people have chosen the most convenient location where they can move, relax, listen to music, do fine arts (craftiest), talking, sports with friends

V. HANGING & LEARNING – THE RENEWABLE X-PARC 2.0 ACTIVITIES

By developing new leisure opportunity for the citizens of the cross- border region get opportunity for residents of all ages to engage in physical activity and recreation within their area.

The goal is to attract stronger participation from within the community. A key element of the Program is ensuring that recreation opportunities are developed and residents are drawn to the new X-PARC LEVANDER Recreation Hub (LaReHUB in Békéscsaba) to participate.

The LaReHUB facilities of the X-PARC project supports parties such as NGOs and schools to work collaboratively to promote the benefits of partnerships which result in growing participation. This includes sharing services, facilities, promotion, events, creative memberships and funding opportunities, ensuring sustainable pathways and opportunities will be created.

The project will be developed for young people and active citizens by the following implementations: technical development of active forms of recreation; development and networking of eco-clubs, camps, and multiannual events; organizing healthy lifestyle programs.

V.1 X-PARC SERVICES

The LaReHUB services mainly small-scale initiatives in the fields of nature and environmental, culture and leisure (cultural events, performances, festivals, extracurricular cooperation of schoolchildren, exchange programs, trainings promoting cultural diversity and joint traditions), with the aim of creating sustainable networks and cooperation.

The X-PARC 2.0 activities strengthen the intensity level of cross- border cooperation and increase the number of people participating in cross-border cooperation initiatives and joint events.

INNOVATION

With the afterschool activities (youth inclusive space, eco-clubs, summer eco-camps) increasing the chance to address numerous social and educational problems. Quality afterschool programs are community- driven, expanded learning opportunities that support developmentally appropriate cognitive, social, physical, and emotional outcomes. In addition, these programs offer a balanced program of academic support, arts and cultural enrichment, recreation, and nutrition.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

The proportion of single-parent families and of families with two parents working outside the home has grown dramatically in the last few decades. According to 2015 figures from the KSH, nearly two-thirds of school-age children and youth live with a single employed parent or two parents who are both employed. These families need supervision for their children beyond the hours of the traditional school day, and particularly between the hours of 3:00 p.m., when dismissal occurs, and 6:00 p.m., when most parents arrive home from work.

With this activities increasing the chance to address numerous social and educational problems.

Quality afterschool programs are community-driven, expanded learning opportunities that support developmentally appropriate cognitive, social, physical, and emotional outcomes. In addition, these programs offer a balanced program of academic support, arts and cultural enrichment, recreation, and nutrition. Afterschool programs can run directly after school, or during evenings, weekends, summer vacations, and holidays.

In addition to the above activities, quality afterschool programs also provide the children and youth they serve with:

-ongoing relationships with caring adults

-an environment that strengthens social skills and character

-healthy snacks and/or meals to meet students' nutritional needs

-safe and well-designed indoor and outdoor spaces

ACTIVITIES

-academic skill-building and homework help

-sports and recreation

-exploration of special interests such as art, music, theater, dance, computers and technology, crafts, games, etc.

-unstructured play

-volunteer work and community service, also known as service-learning

-homework and remedial help

-cultural activities

-college and job preparation and community internships (for middle- or high school)

-eco-gardening for children

The Educational Enhancement Program (EEP), a program designed with five major components: homework help and tutoring, high yielding learning and leisure activities, parent involvement, collaboration with schools, and incentives.

Afterschool programs can enhance children's academic achievement.

Afterschool programs support children's social development and their relationships with adults and peers.

As well as supporting positive goals, afterschool programs can also lessen risky behaviors, such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, by providing young people with positive and healthy alternatives

Afterschool programs may keep young people from committing crimes and from juvenile delinquency, and may prevent them from being the victim of violent crime.

The infrastructure of the Afterschool programs is a kind of recreational center, call Lavender Recreation Hub (LaReHUB) for students. The students

will be able to exercise and take part in outdoor events. LaReHUB for the students will equip a relaxation space and a bio-garden. In summer this school will organize summer eco-camps for students from both countries.

The Afterschool programs of the project such as: Youth Inclusive Space, eco-Clubs and Summer Eco-Camps.

STAKEHOLDERS

The stakeholders in any project, and in particular in an afterschool program, are the many different individuals and organizations with an inherent interest in the success of the program. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, students, parents, extended families, teachers, school administrators, business leaders, political leaders, law enforcement officials, members of the arts community, and members of the community, including senior citizens.

Youth Inclusive Space

The YIS will be ability to (ii) accommodate space for youth events; (ii) contain a mix of social seating - passive and active recreation opportunities (music, sport, art, multimedia) to ensure locally relevant;

(iii)has good natural surveillance, (iv) appropriate safety and entry signage (see: ANNEX I)

The following functions and related infrastructure will be designed in the Youth inclusive Spaces:

-Lavender Lounge: Social seating area with various seating configurations - shelter to protect from weather - place for outside study also. Possibility for power. Panels inserted into shelter posts or along wall to provide space for painting or temporary installations. Shade will be natural or structural.

-Play area with active social elements, which include parkour bars, mounding, swings or trampolines, hardstand area for ball sports and spill out space for events and classes - this is include natural parkour elements.

-Education area: where campers' education and craft activities are taking place.

The LaReHub will be used not only for leisure activity - it will also hold community meetings. Youth space are defined as free access outdoor activity space designed for young people to encourage social and physical activity. These space cater to children over the age of 6 years and in the main people between 10 and 24 years. Typically they will facilitate social gathering, the conduct of one or more action sports and free access social sports facilities, such as: Football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and other outdoor games.

Moving beyond active recreation sport is not the only recreation solution. Art, music and dance can also be attractive and relevant to teens, with many undertaking these pursuits as part of their school curriculum. Teens are also highly influenced and enjoy these pursuits socially, in particular both music and dance. Tapping into this interest allows a potential space to become far more relevant to a much larger range of young people.

WHO WILL USE IT?

The play area and hardstand area of the YIS will be used mainly by young people. The functions will be designed for different age groups. The social seating area (Levander Lounge) can be used by adults as well.

HOW WILL INVOLVE

TARGET GROUPS?

Involvement of young people using the Youth Inclusive Space takes place through various communication channels. Primarily, direct marketing tools can be used to reach the target group (leaflets, on-line and print media). Facebook campaign is a modern tool to reach your target audience. A marketing strategy is being prepared during the preparation of the project. For the purpose of co-operation, the partners will also contact the primary schools of the region directly.

ECO-CLUBS

Monthly Afterschool program series. The club is an outdoor version of the association's previous similar activity. The programs are implemented in the form of a group conversation instead of frontal knowledge transfer. Project Partners also provide common practical activities each time.

At each meeting, will be raise a current problem, which is shared by others and aroused the interest of visitors to the club. Thus, the club will become the region's environmental education base for the target group. Events will be organized in varying times, depending on whether they are held in the vacation or in the school year. It will usually held on Sunday from 14:00-18:00 pm. The long-term goal of the program is to let the students know the Lavender Recreation HUB, so this way, they can more easily visit the garden later on.

Occupations will be handled by local professionals, civilians and clerks working in different fields, such as environmental protection, nature conservation, rural development, agriculture and tourism. The experts are ecologist, geographer, environmental and agricultural engineer, water-management expert, healthy lifestyle consultant, yoga instructor, craftsman. In addition to the professional occupation, children can hang out, use the play area and take part in various freelancers.

THE MAIN PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SELECTED USING A VARIETY OF METHODS:

1.students who achieve good results in the school test organized by the Zöld-14 Association;

2.young people selected during other campaigns (excursions, city events, presentations, demonstrations etc. of Zöld-14;

3.Clubs organized for school age volunteers of the Association

WHO WILL USE IT?

Each club will have a maximum of 16 student (8 from RO and 8 from HU), entering grades 7-9 to 14

HOW WILL INVOLVE TARGET GROUPS?

Involvement of young people using the Youth Inclusive Space takes place through various communication channels. Primarily, direct marketing tools can be used to reach the target group (leaflets, on-line and print media). Facebook campaign is a modern tool to reach your target audience. A marketing strategy is being prepared during the preparation of the project. For the purpose of co-operation, the partners will also contact the primary schools of the region directly.

Bio-gardening

Bio-gardening for children is a newly developed eco-education methods of the Zöld 14 Association. Our direct goal of acquiring food self-sufficiency, not only to promote the

recycling, environmental and nature conservation, but also to provide a new community experience in which children learn to live healthier, more environmentally aware, sample their family and their living environment. Our association can directly engage in the environmental education of the population, and in the long run it contributes to

the development of local patriotism and the strengthening of the cohesion of rural communities and the preservation of the traditions of sustainable rural life. The experiences gained from the joint work can be passed on to other associations and groups.

The Association, as a public benefit organization, has developed an integrated eco-education program to alleviate the above problems and to meet socio- economic needs, whereby the educational institutions and families participating in the program will be able to access both healthy and safe foodstuffs with ecological gardening and to better understand the environment, to create a harmonious relationship with the it The contemporary group is the most important framework of socialization where the individual learns to exist and work together in the community. The target group of the program is young people, secondary parents and educators. The youngest age group, which is more receptive to learning, can be divided into other age groups (nursery school, secondary school and upper secondary school).

The Green 14 Association is committed to promoting environmental awareness in childhood. The aim of the Association is to promote the widest possible dissemination of environmental awareness and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles, the environmental status of the area and the quality of life of the population. The target groups of the Association are primarily the population. To this end, the Association conducts full and continuous renewal of information and knowledge on the ways of sustainable lifestyle, environment, nature and animal protection, quality of life, organic farming and spatial development and the promotion of this information through the adoption of ethical norms of the Association, governmental and non- governmental in cooperation with governmental organizations, at both national and international levels

ECO-MANAGEMENT

Program Description

1.Developing Competences

2.Creating an Eco-Garden

2.1soil rotation and soil removal

2.2knowledge transfer (soils, soil life, soil protection)

2.3Seed, seed cover, irrigation

2.4Plant designation with plant tables

3.Cultivation

3.1Nursing jobs, observations on a weekly basis

3.2Interpretation of changes in the past period.

3.3Alternative activities (in case of bad weather)

3.4Nursing jobs:

-irrigation,

-weaning,

-soil loosening,

-spinning,

-binding,

-composting of removed plant parts

ECO-CAMPS

Eco-Camp will be created in the summer to inspire a new generation of youth to become stewards of healthy communities by learning to understand the natural world around them. Eco-Camp focuses on activities with plenty of environment, food, fun and health awareness. Farm camp participants are encouraged to ask questions about the who, what, where, how and why of horticulture (growing of lavender, herbs, fruits and vegetables), sustainable life style, environment protection and nature conservation). Activities are based on many different topics and interests such as animals, crafts, horticulture, nature and the outdoors, cooking, and farm-food education.

Campers explore connections they may not have known about in nature, such as the importance of pollinators, the use of pesticides, and how what we eat affects the health of our bodies. The last day of eco-camp spent harvesting produce from the field and then finally cooking and eating what they harvested in a fully hands on cooking class. The youth that attend will build lasting memories and bonds that may aid them in maintaining a healthy awareness of the world around them as well as establish habits that will help ensure they lead healthy, productive lives.

Students can transfer natural values and knowledge to anyone, in particular to their families. The aim of the activity is to present reliable information on natural areas' habitats and species located in areas covered by the project, as well as to show the opportunities and the benefits of including sites for protection that are not always visible for residents. The inclusion of nature conservation content in environmental education – through the good example provided by green and eco-schools – will bring new color. The introduction of natural areas and destinations most suitable for excursions.

An eco-Camp lasts for five days from Monday to Friday and runs from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, with a late pick up (4pm) option available. Each week of camp will have a maximum of 30 campers and is dedicated to either younger campers (entering grades 7-9) and older campers (entering grades 10-12).

Activities for camps can include, environmental contest, sporting events, handicrafts, country presentations by participants, guided discussion, and even engagement in local service projects alongside club members etc. The programs are animated by specialists: a vocal coach, a funny man (a professional clown and comedian) and a craftsman. In addition, educators (voluntaries of the association) with extensive experience in ecology and education will teach each week. We're also fortunate to have two high school- aged Eco-Leader volunteer helping in the camps. Each week of camp follows the same program, and therefore campers may participate for one session only.

WHO WILL USE IT?

Each week of camp will have a maximum of 24 campers and will be dedicated to either younger campers (entering grades 7-9) or older campers (entering grades 10-12).

HOW WILL INVOLVE

TARGET GROUPS?

Involvement of young people using the Youth Inclusive Space takes place through various communication channels. Primarily, direct marketing tools can be used to reach the target group (leaflets, on-line and print media). Facebook campaign is a modern tool to reach your target audience. A marketing strategy is being prepared during the preparation of the project. For the purpose of co-operation, the partners will also contact the primary schools of the region directly.

THE MAIN GOALS DURING SUMMER ECO-CAMP ARE TO:

Use children's natural curiosity and enthusiasm for the outdoors to help them understand important ecological concepts,

Create an open space where campers can ask and answer their own scientific questions,

Expose campers to the field of Ecology,

Support children as they develop confidence in their ability to use science to understand and positively

Program Plan of eco-Camps

Day 1: Monday

08:30 – Tell me about yourself! Getting to know each other and the camp site. The children tell all the things they like to do, eat and how they imagine the whole week in the camp.

09:00 – Breakfast what we make together.

10:00 – Let's make rules together for the week! On a large cardboard, we write down what we are allowed to do and what not.

11:30 – First English lesson. – Introducing and greetings each other in English as it is an international camp.

12:30 – Lunch, tidy away together.

13:30 – Afternoon relaxing and storytelling. Do what you want in the garden. A little free time. (Trampoline, Swing, Role Playing: dolls,

kitchen, dressing up, puppet shows). TREASURE SEARCH !!! Find the hidden treasure in the garden! The winner gets a gift!!

15:00 – 16: 30 Creative lesson. Painting, drawing, beading, playdoughing.

Day 2: Tuesday

08:30 – Morning exercise and preparing for breakfast. 09:00 – Breakfast.

10:00 – English Lesson 2. Vegetables and fruit. Talking about them, songs in the subject.

Making fruit salad together. It will be delicious after lunch. 12:00 – Lunch preparations.

13:30 – Little free time in the garden after the 1st eco-education start

15:00 – 16 0 An afternoon with funny man: We learn to fold balloons, magic, spin plates

Day 3: Wednesday

08:30 – Morning exercises and breakfast as usual. 09:00 – Breakfast.

10:00 – English Lesson 3. Learning the body parts, worksheets, playing with word cards, songs.

12:00 – Lunch.

13:00 – Afternoon's normal rest. Storytelling and learning songs. D.I.Y. crafts with the kids.

15:00 –16:30 2nd eco-education

Day 4: Thursday

08:30 – Morning exercises and getting ready for breakfast. 09:00 – Breakfast.

10:00 – English Lesson 4. Animals, their habitats. 12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Afternoon break or free time, games. For girls, glitter tattoos, face painting and hair styling with Aunt Vica.

15:00 – 16:30 3rd eco-education

Day 5 Friday

08:30 – Morning exercises and getting ready for breakfast. 09:00 – Breakfast.

10:00 – English Lesson 5. Repeat the week's themes, small quiz and games. We're doing 2-3 teams, and we'll see who has learned the most of this week.

13:00 – Lunch.

14:00 – 4th eco-education

15:30 – 16:30 Afternoon break or free time, games. Farewell from the camp, a little surprise for the kids. 16: 30- departure home.

MAIN TOPICS OF THE ECO- EDUCATION DURING THE CAMP:

I. Important natural knowledge

-the fauna of the waterfront: folk crafts related to water, natural crafts

-the fauna and flora of forests: animal traits, native species of trees and pastures/grasslands

-Grassland and pasture management: native livestock farming

II.Practical nature conservation

- nature conservation in our garden: useful insects (bio- horticulture)

- a moth-friendly school garden (herbs)

- bird-friendly school garden: bird protection

III.Everyday environmental protection

- Waste prevention by composting

- Waste prevention with environmentally conscious purchases, packaging materials degradation, product labels

- Reduction of paper waste: recycled paper, paper scrap

VI. WHY LAVENDER?

The Lavender Dual Symbol:

1. The Lavender symbolize adaptation to climate change:

Lavender is a native plant to the dry heat of western Mediterranean regions. Lavender is the common name for lavender, a flowering plant consisting of 39 species. Originating in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, South West Asia, South East Asia, Northern and Eastern Africa, as well as Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, the plant grows particularly well in hot climates.

Summarizing the several reports of the IPCC we find that the weather of the Central-Europe climate zone’s countries will be wet, mild winters and large, warm, dry summers. Most part of yearly rainfall occurs during the winter and there can be many dry months, with the exception of summer storms.

While there are changes we will assimilate through organized governmental and systematic actions that will operate across entire nations, states, regions and communities, and there will be individual changes we engage with through the ways we work, travel, socialize, consume services and products, there will also be changes we can make as gardeners.

Their flora is considered to originate from vegetation already occurring to those regions and from vegetation that moved from adjacent or more distant areas, due to weather conditions pressure. We can also change the ways in which we use our gardens for recreation, entertainment and creating impressions.

Lavender is a non-native, introduced herb in Hungary, like the bay leaves, basil, thyme or parsley

The summer of 2012 was very hot and dry in South- East Europe; it was the hottest and third-driest on record in Serbia. For this part of South-East Europe (including parts of Northern Serbia and Southern Hungary, as well as smaller areas in Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia and Romania), the change of the likelihood of an extreme summer such as the one of 2012 between the decades of 1960-1970 and 2000-2010 was assessed. The Carpathian Region and the Mediterranean area are the two European hotspots showing a drought frequency, duration, and severity increase in the past decades and in particular from 1990 onwards (Spinoni et

al. 2013)

2.Lavender has been a symbol of friendship, love, and femininity since ancient times. Lavender is life itself.

We've been looking for a symbol that conveys all-known and positive feelings. Lavender evokes the mood of our grandmothers' cabinet, bringing delicious childhood experiences to the surface. Its use is varied: fragrant, beautiful plant, home decoration, sweets, cosmetics, disinfectants, and herbs are medicinal. It is a symbol of renewal, diversity, creativity, health, beauty and healing, which pervades the spirit of our programs dealing with the young people. The most important goal of the program is to address the widest possible range of youth age groups.

GOOD TO KNOW

-They have been produced in Hungary before the 2nd World War,

-It was one of our main export articles,

-it was grown in the sixties at 375 hectares, in the eighties only 35 hectares.

-In 1980 experimental cultivation of hybrids from

France was started (Csömör (Pest C.) and Bátya (Bács- Kiskun C.)),

-it has been proven that it is worth cultivating,

-Among our herbs grown, lavender is currently the sixth place after mustard, marmalade, poppy, dill and cumin,

-Today it is only used in some farms, especially in the submerged areas of the Transdanubia and on steeper slopes,

-Other economic benefits - soil protection, utilization of eroded soils, cultivation of ornamental plants in public parks etc. - justify and necessitate the further cultivation of our herbs, whose reputation was established in the first half of our century.

eco-Lavender Festival

Each summer X-PARC 2.0 Lavender Recreational HUB would like to celebrate the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual eco-Lavender Festival, the cross-border eco-market and recreation happening, which will be a novelty in the festival around the area. With a health-focused and family-centered theme, the Lavender eco-Festival and events hosted at LaReHUB is a relaxing weekend getaway. With the fresh air and attractive surrounding,

LaReHUB invite citizens from the project area to come taste food made from local products by local producers. The festival based on local values. The aim is to organizing programs to bring traditional values into space.

At festival, folk crafts, nature-close lifestyles, nature-related occupations, cultural values, ethnographic traditions typical of the region are presented. The festival provides space for community programs, cultural activities, environmentally conscious and healthy lifestyle programs.

The X-PARC summer Lavender eco-Festival will be held in picturesque surroundings beside Körös-Holtág, with sales of local produce and handicrafts, along with entertainment for children and adults. The Festival is on a mission to educate the

public on the many benefits of lavender and local products.

Offering family-friendly events and activities, visitors are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, learn how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired dishes and enjoy live music. The organic herbs grown at LaReHUB are featured prominently throughout the festival. Guests enjoy refreshing lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items all made with lavender including honey, balsamic vinegar, essential oils, fresh bouquets, plants and even lavender- stuffed dolls.

Seven specialist animators and artists will entertain the visitors during the Festival: craft and skill games for children, a funny man and ceremony master, a yoga instructor, a nutrition consultant, a painter, a musical children's show

The participants will not have to pay any participation fees;

There will not sales of products, no commercial activities;

The event will be widely promoted and the access of the public will be permitted free of charge;

CITIZENS INVOLVED IN LAVENDER ECO-FESTIVALS ARE COMMITTED TO:

Bringing people from different countries into meaningful contact with each other

Exchanging ideas and

cultural viewpoints

• Promoting international understanding and goodwill

• Encouraging respect in people for the thinking of others

The Zöld 14 undertakes to provide local producers and craftsmen with the opportunity to attend the event.