“Eco School” is a task consisting in the preparation of Primary School No. 11 for the creation of a specific Center of ecological education for young people and residents, including the development of documentation, renovation, purchase of equipment and development of educational courses.
– Our idea is to create a unique place that will be the green center of the north of the city with infrastructure available to all residents – says Marek Materek, Mayor of the City. – For our youngest ones we want to create the possibility of innovative and interesting education, a modern, friendly school. We want to teach children to care for the natural environment from an early age by creating green infrastructure.
According to the project, it is planned to install green walls and roofs as well as photovoltaic panels on school buildings so that the school can be energy self-sufficient.
The area at the school is to become even more green, plans include rain gardens, eco-gardens for children, sensory paths, a Japanese garden and the first in the Świetokrzyskie Province and probably the first in Poland retention field, which collects rainwater, which then irrigates green walls of the school and school gardens.
– Adaptation of the premises for the activities of the new school will include, among others: setting up and equipping a science laboratory, equipping a mathematical laboratory, separating and equipping rooms for learning foreign languages, creating new IT laboratories, separating and equipping rooms for recording and conducting remote lessons, purchase educational boards, sets and experimental models, interactive applications and programs, renovation and equipment of the library and media library, expansion of the canteen, reconstruction of the common room, renovation of classrooms and the possibility of organizing rooms in the event of an epidemic – lists the Mayor of the City, Marek Materek. – The new eco-school is also a new, unique educational offer. The project could become a model educational undertaking not only in the voivodeship but also in the country.
The new facility is planned to launch bilingual classes, an ecological class, and a sports class. As part of additional extracurricular activities, the following are planned: rhythmics, an art and sports section, civic education, and others. The teaching staff would also have access to numerous refresher courses and training, and the opportunity to cooperate with numerous primary schools in Europe.
The building and the EkoSchool space will be open to the public – they will be a place for meetings and rest, as well as for the implementation of educational and ecological activities that will help to shape ecological awareness.
The developed educational programs will be able to be implemented in other schools.
The project also includes intergenerational herbal workshops and the construction of a herb garden with the active participation of students of the University of the Third Age.