We are launching #YREStayActive!

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For 2020/2021, FEE is planning four #YREStayActive-campaigns for YRE! The campaigns are designed for students that are facing COVID-19 challenges. The idea is to keep students involved in environment-focused citizen journalism that encourages them to investigate local environmental issues and solutions. Each campaign will have its own theme and run for two months.

The campaigns will include weekly activities and mini competitions to increase students’ skills and knowledge around each theme – the best stories shared from schools and students will be awarded at the end of the campaign! Challenges are open to every student who is or wants to be part of the YRE programme in countries that the programme operates and for International Schools.

Campaigns themes

  1. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

  2. Waste Management and Littering

  3. Health and Nutrition/Well-Being

  4. Biodiversity

We are proposing easy-to-do activities and challenges linked to the above themes starting from October 2020. The activities will encourage students to voice their opinion on various aspects and engage with peers. See detailed information about each theme at the end of this page.

Participate in the challenges and contribute to YRE activities in 2020/21

Weekly challenges

Weekly challenges will be published on social media for inspiration. National Operators can select them and share with the network of schools. Activities organised by students from home can be shared on social media with the #YREStayActive hashtag and National Operators and the International team can share it on their social media. Keep an eye on our social media to find all updates about the mini-competition:

Challenges are open to every student who is or wants to be part of the YRE programme in countries that programme operates and for International Schools.

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Mini competition

Towards the end of each campaign, the three best stories from countries will be submitted by National Operators. Remember that all types of entries are allowed (blogs, articles, photos, podcasts, videos, TikToks, etc) and that they must be submitted no longer than a week after the campaign has ended.

Acceptance criteria:

  • The entry has to be in English (or translated).

  • All types of entries are allowed (blogs, articles, photos, podcasts, videos, others).

  • The entry must address a topic relevant to the relevant campaign

  • The entry has to be posted on at least one social media platform with the hashtag

Finding the winners:

All nominees will be presented to the YRE National Operators who will give points to the ones they believe are the best. To ensure fairness, they are not allowed to give scores to stories from their own countries.

The winners of the campaign will receive diplomas from YRE International, mention on social media & website and a small prize.

Introductory webinars:

Each campaign will be introduced to students, teachers and National Operators through a webinar. During the webinar, experts will present information about each of the four themes as well as ideas for activities for schools.

More about webinars and registration can be found here.

Detailed description of each campaign

1. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Connection with Health and Wellbeing theme through WaSH behaviours, building immunity, mental wellbeing, etc.

Learn more about WaSH in the recorded webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeSKsBYCKgQ

Ideas for activities:

  • Find ways to promote positive hygiene behaviours and document any behaviour change in your community through a short video or photo series.

  • Distinguish key hygiene behaviours needed in your community and conduct a survey to find out to which extent these behaviours are being implemented. Present your findings through a short video, podcast or photo series.

  • Record an (online) interview with a local politician/expert on what challenges your community is facing concerning sanitation (e.g. infectious waste, access to clean water etc).

  • Interview students from other YRE countries on challenges related to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Post for social media:

Further details will be in the description of each post.

Each social media post about activities are available for NOs on Podio as templates so that the text can be translated into the preferred language.

2. Waste Management and Littering

Disposable protective materials like masks and gloves have created a new stream of hazardous waste. As more time is spent at home, there is an opportunity to extend this activity to sustainable consumption and involve the family in making choices to reduce waste in the bin.

3. Health and Nutrition/Well-Being

In many communities, schools also fulfil the supplementary nutritional needs of the children. Engaging children to grow their food in small pots, home backyards, and community spaces could be an interesting activity that may not only supplement food but also create an appreciation for the food and hence reduce waste.

4. Biodiversity

Observing local biodiversity and connecting with nature.

Detailed information about coming campaigns will be updated.