Program assumptions of the educational campaigns of the auraeko group in 2012.

The AURAEKO group, in accordance with the experiences of the previous years, will launch projects within the framework of the public educational campaigns in the area of the statutory activities of AURAEKO Organizacja Odzysku Sprzętu Elektrycznego i Elektronicznego SA and AURAEKO OPAKOWANIA Organizacja Odzysku SA. An even greater complementarity of the subject of used electrical and electronic equipment as well as batteries and accumulators within the framework of the launched projects is anticipated.

The most important projects in the year 2012 will include the ones listed below. Projects with the All-Polish range

The 4th Edition of the All-Polish Ecological Contest entitled: ”LET’S FIND A PLACE FOR ELECTRO-WASTE 2012”, under the auspices of the Chief Environmental Protection Inspector. The business partners of the contest are: LG ELECTRONICS Mława and NESTLE POLSKA.The 4th edition of this contest has already been and gone. The experience accumulated over the three previous editions allowed the rules of the contest to be adapted better to the needs of the participants, and at the same time they made it possible to extend the target group to older forms (V and VI) of the primary school. As usual, interesting tasks for the participants and attractive team and individual prizes are available for the schools and participants qualified for the finals.

The aim of the contest is:

1. Raising the participants’ awareness of what used electrical and electronic equipment is and what the threats are of the increasing level of saturation of households with electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators within households.

2. Increasing awareness and an improvement in the ability to reduce the negative impact of used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators on the environment.

3. Popularisation of the pro-ecological attitude through actions as well as through experiencing pro-ecological actions in the peer group.

4. Indication of the correlation between socially useful actions in the local peer group and the obtained measurable effects, also at the All-Polish level.

The contest is accompanied by the collection of used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators, which constitutes one of the activities.

The internet online course for entrepreneurs ”Selected elements of the Act on Batteries and Accumulators in the practical activity of the entrepreneur”.

This completely new course, being a way to become familiar with the provisions of the Act in the form of a workshop, is at the stage of preparation of professional materials at the moment.

The course, based on e-learning will include many exercises which will make it possible to check the skills of the use of the acquired knowledge or to verify the extent to which knowledge is adopted. Obtaining a positive result in the final test will allow the participant to obtain a course completion certificate. It is expected that the course will be completed and made available to participants during the second half of the year. The course will be available on the educational portal of AURAEKO at the following address: www.auraeko-edukacja.pl.

Projects with a local range.

As in previous years, the AURAEKO Group will launch projects for diverse local communities, directed at: pre-school age children, early school age children, youth and adults.

All the projects (except for the online course) are characterised by the fact that they consist of the educational part and the collection of WEEE as well as used batteries and accumulators.

 

Shaping the pro-ecological attitudes of children in the pre-school age and early school age in relation to the WEEE as well as used batteries and accumulators – FOLLOW UP.

The project entitled: “Shaping the pro-ecological attitudes of children in the pre-school age and early school age in relation to used electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as well as used batteries and accumulators – follow up” is a continuation of the project started in the year 2011 under the same title, but without the extension “Follow up”. In the used context, the English term “Follow up” means “the next stage”.

The occurring question why a decision was taken to continue the project from 2011 may be answered in the following way:

1. A satisfactory level of accomplishment of the above-mentioned objectives can be obtained only by way of the long-term process of exerting influence in many forms.

2. The pilot project from the year 2011 was implemented in a little known area and it was difficult to accomplish the assumed educational objectives. There was uncertainty about how the project will be received by the educational institutions and children themselves. Starting the Follow up project, we know that more institutions will report their willingness to participate in it and that the number of participants (children) will increase from 150 in the pilot project to 250 children in the Follow up project.

3. The circles, understood as the Staff of the educational institutions and the participants, assessed the pilot project highly and are interested in participation in a similar project, which offers new knowledge to the children through fun that teaches them to live in harmony with the environment and to avoid the hazards related to used electrical and electronic equipment, as well as used batteries and accumulators.

4. The Follow up project is different from the pilot project, it puts much more emphasis on the excitation of propulsive emotions in children for pro-ecological actions, and repulsive emotions for anti-ecological conditions, which should result in the release of much stronger expression by drawings and by collection of WEEE.

5. The artistic creations, the authors of which are children, selected documents and photographs from the project documentation and the effects of the collection of WEEE as well as batteries and accumulators within the framework of the Follow up will be exhibited publicly within the framework of the separate projects.

On top of this, complementary projects, being a part of the events planned by the local governments, are planned in the year 2012. Besides the educational part, they will always fulfill the function of actions supporting the collections of WEEE as well as batteries and accumulators. The supporting projects are usually directed at new circles interested in cooperation within the scope of activity of the AURAEKO Group.

Having presented the above program assumptions of the educational campaigns of the AURAEKO Group, I do hope that this year’s actions will be equally effective as last year.