We, at PEP, understand that schools are more than a collection of rooms to hold youth. Schools should be a set of learning spaces that stimulate young people, encourage discovery and provide an environment that is safe and comfortable.
Working with communities, including school boards, PEP goes beyond simple renovation to create cost-effective and sustainable learning environments that use modern, energy-efficient building materials to help municipalities conserve scarce resources and sustain quality schools. We are working with partners to develop “Green” schools which have environmentally-aware policies and encourage youth to apply good practice in and out of school.
Over the life of the project, we will improve the physical learning environment of 100 schools and use “green” technologies to demonstrate the impact that a comprehensive plan for energy efficiency can have on costs and learning outcomes. By the end of this project in 2011 we are planning to have at least one renovated primary school in each municipality.
By the end of 2008, Phase-One and Phase-Two of the school renovations are completed In Phase-One 8 primary schools were renovated, in Phase-Two 32 primary schools were renovated and one primary music school in Kavadarci was renovated in cooperation with the US Embassy in Macedonia.
PEP is working in collaboration with the municipalities and schools.Great support is coming from the Parents and Teachers Associations, both parents and teachers are helping in the implementation of the projects and in the process of creating a better learning environment for the children. But these renovations are not just aesthetic they create better conditions for teaching and learning, lower the costs for heating and are environmental friendly. We have reports from the renovated schools that the schools are lowering their heating costs and in that way they are saving money that can be used for other purposes.
In 2009, Phase-Three is on-going, 36 primary schools will be renovated in this Phase. Cooperation with the municipalities and schools will continue as in the previous phases.
An important part of the School Renovations Component are the workshops for “Effective learning environment” and “Parental involvement” that our local partner NGO “Step by Step”, Macedonia is organizing in all renovated primary schools. With these workshops we are showing teachers and parents how to turn classrooms into effective learning environments. To help schools do this, each renovated school will receive educational equipment for the classrooms.
The ‘Green School’ Activity is a pilot project for coaching primary schools in the process of becoming environmentally-aware and energy-efficient institutions. This activity is also designed to make students and staff more aware of the importance of energy conservation. This pilot will be implemented in 5 schools in cooperation with our project partners, the USAID Plastic Recycling Project. The five pilot schools will serve as models for other municipalities interested in similar savings. PEP will monitor savings from energy-efficiency and work with municipal governments and parent associations, to show how short-term investments can lead to reduced costs in the long-term.
Renovations Application Packages Phase Three
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