Two weeks of workshops on Sustainable Development for Grade 3 children

Together with the school headmaster and teachers at the primary school of Ensuès la Redonne we had defined a timeline of activities related to Sustainable Development. Several companies working in the field of water, recycling and the environment also offered their support. Workshops took place during the first two weeks of June 2012 and were aimed at Grade 3 children (3 classes, 80 children).

On 1st June Vincent presented our project to the children of the 3 classes. He also explained to them that the workshops would be videotaped in order to show to kids abroad what children do in France to protect their environment. The reaction of the children was very positive.

Workshop on water Issues

The Société des Eaux de Marseille (water supplier and waste water manager for Marseille, 2nd biggest city in France) organized a presentation on water issues on 5th June. This was followed on 12th June by the visits of the Waste Water Treatment Plant of Chateauneuf les Martigues and of the Biotechna Compost Centre of Ensuès la Redonne.

This way children could learn about the water cycle and what waste water becomes. They were shown that the mud resulting from the treatment of waste water was mixed up with plants and wood in order to create fertilizers for agriculture (compost).

Workshop on the Protection of the environment

A cleaning operation of the scrubland around the school took place on 7th June, rubbish bags and gloves were provided by the city council. This way children could actively contribute towards a green environment.

A representative of the AIEJE (our local Association for an Environmental Education of the Youth) will run a workshop on the protection our coastal environment on 26th June.

Workshop on Recycling

A  Waste Segregation Representative from Marseille Provence Métropole (the waste management society of Marseille) came on 7th June for a presentation on sorting and recycling waste. The visit of the Recycling Plant of Ensuès la Redonne is currently postponed due to works inside the plant.

On 8th June we participated to the kermesse of Ensuès la Redonne (school fair taking place at the end of each scholar year, 700 visitors) and organized play activities on the topic of waste recycling: a giant goose game (320 sq ft) was supplied by the Société des Eaux de Marseille Environnement. The game had a lot of success. This was also a good opportunity to meet parents and let the kids try our new recumbent bicycles!

Overall the kids seemed very interested by the workshops and were curious about our journey. Many parents also congratulated us for our initiative and wished us a lot of courage for the next months. We will need that!

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