Five students from IES Los Cristianos have caused a sensation in a double study visit they have just made to Croatia and Estonia within the framework of the Erasmus + program.
Teachers and students from Italy, Iceland, Hungary and Spain met at the Bedekovcina educational center in Croatia to work on the Creation Active project, which aims to promote ideas applicable to sustainable cities and communities. At the meeting, Leyenis, Helena, Marta, Daniela and David, 2nd year high school students from the Los Cristianos institute put forward an innovative proposal that received the applause of those present: the creation of a “sustainable passport” aimed at rewarding the exemplary behavior of citizens in their struggle to preserve the planet and to stand out, particularly, for actions against global warming.
“All the attendees loved the proposal to the point that teachers from other countries asked us why we did not transfer the idea to the European Union,” Sandra Reyes, coordinator of the Erasmus Program at the Tenerife institute, told this newspaper. which underlined the “motivating” nature of the proposal, since it aims to reward those citizens who stand out in their environmental work “beyond the three R’s” (reduce, reuse and recycle).
Students from the four countries participated in a week full of activities. Thus, they were able to enjoy a visit to a rebuilt baroque castle that provides a nearby hospital with the energy obtained through a biomass recycling process. They also visited Zagreb, the Croatian capital, or the city of Zadar, on the shores of the Adriatic.
On the other hand, the Yellow European Stars (YES!) Project, which seeks to create the profile of the exemplary European citizen, restarted its journey with a visit to the Kuressaare Ametikool center on the island of Saaremaa, in Estonia.
In addition to the IES Los Cristianos and the hosts, other centers from Italy, Portugal, Croatia and Turkey participate in this project. In this case, the students from the south of Tenerife focused their work on the importance of democracy, digital citizenship and the possibilities of e-voting or electronic voting, which already has a wide background and implantation in the Baltic country.
The delegations were received in the Parliament, in Tallinn, by Urve Tiidus, current deputy and former Minister of Culture.