Date(s) - 11/10/2014
As part of its awareness program, the GMI project held a ¨Green day¨ event dedicated to raise awareness about recycling amongst children and their families, through games, sketches interactive activities and practical workshops, all related to the 3Rs approach ( Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and upcycling. The Green day took place on Saturday 11th of October 2014 at Spinneys supermarket in Hazmiyeh (Lebanon), where many families shop on that particular day. The RVM (Reverse Vending Machine) machine was introduced along with the concept of Reward: for each disposable unit inserted a voucher card with points were given in return and these points were redeemed for gifts. Kids got the chance to learn that for each good deed, something good is given back in return.
The event was organized by the GMI project in cooperation with the Lebanese partners Averda & Atriia, as well as the project’s associated partners Sukleen & Spinneys. Around 200 children attended the event and had the chance to experience innovative mind challenging games, and were exposed to the importance of sustainability, recycling, upcycling and green living. Challenging games, along with music, hosts, and instructors were fully dedicated for the children and their parents from 10 am till 4 pm.
The kids enjoyed taking part in the activities and competitions, and the parents were delighted to see their children learning about the importance of recycling in a fun and interactive manner. The parents highly appreciated the involvement of their children in such activities, and admired the scope of work of the GMI project towards the community and the environment. The GMI project through the ENPI CBC MED Programme funding, stresses on the fact that we are in an urgent need to teach our children at a young age about recycling, waste treatment, and the conservation of our environment.
A wide range of games and fun activities were introduced to the children. They had a choice between a mini Go Green Basketball game, a big scale ladder and Snake game, the wheel of challenge, and an upcycling workshop. The kids interacted with the games in a very positive way where the most preferred game was ladder and snake. As for The theatrical play it was introduced by two talented performers, with sketches related to the 3Rs approach and upcycling was included in the play. At the end of the sketch, kids started singing and dancing on recycling songs, proving that recycling can and should be fun.
The RVM was one of the main ingredients of the play, where the kids were introduced to the RVM machine and learned how to use it and collect points. A small upcycling exhibition was also put in place for the visitors.
Raising awareness about recycling & sustainability is crucial. GMI and the EU are dedicated to help people learn more about it and start applying the concept in their daily lives. This event left a positive print in the children’ s minds which hopefully will help make a change in their homes and in the Mediterranean region, for them and for the next generations to come.
Each and every decision and action we make affects the community we live in. This info day was really important for the project and for those who have benefited from it. GMI flyers were distributed to the parents, and the GMI team briefed the visitors about the project. Furthermore, all games and activities, along with the gifts and giveaways ensured the visibility of the ENPI CBC MED Programme and the EU with their unique branding.
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has“. The GMI project indeed believes that spreading awareness through the young generation is a small step towards change.