When you think of the Czech Republic, what comes to mind?
- Environmental education?
The Czech Republic continues to amaze me. The environmental education organisations are really getting down to business…of securing European Union funding and using it for environmental projects. A director of one field studies centre has run courses for schools on the matter. He believes that every school has the potential to receive £33K in EU funding, if the school applies for all the various grants for all that’s on offer such as teaching assistants, accessing training, attending courses, etc.
The evidence speaks for itself. I gave a presentation at an Eco School information day for local teachers in Brno. It took place in a spanking new building owned by the regional government and paid for out of EU funds. This was the first event to take place in this building.
South Moravia alone will have another field centre built shortly not far from Brno. Three years ago a state of the art forest school centre opened. This is also just outside Brno. Both buildings have substantial European funds invested into the projects. The region has a population of 1.2 million people, similar to Glasgow.
Now, when was the last field studies centre, urban environmental education centre or outdoor activities centre built using EU funding in Scotland? I simply don’t know, do you? This is the next investigation for the No. 1 Outdoor Learning Private Detective Agency. Pay me well (in Euros if you wish) and I’ll tell you about my findings!