The Environmental Education Center of Naoussa
The Environmental Education Centre of Naoussa is a structure of non -formal education that belongs to the Department of Education and is financed by EU funds. It develops a series of actions and activities aimed at the environmental, cultural and economic development of the country.
The actions develop at three levels: Education on the Environment with a focus on the natural and human environment, education within the Environment with emphasis on the child-centered dimension of the teaching about the environment and education for the environment – focused on the educational and pedagogical dimension of the process and the change in the teachers and students’ attitudes and behaviors.
The Environmental Education Center of Naoussa (like all other centers in Greece) is a flexible educational structure, with the ability to adapt to the situations and necessities of the place, citizens, conditions.
It develops training programs adjusted to the specific characteristics (advantages and problems) of the local environment.
It collaborates with agencies from the local and broader community, Universities, clubs, civic groups to develop information and training actions. It utilizes the natural, social and historical environment.
It supports and coordinates two national school networks thus ensuring organized scientific, methodological, pedagogical support to teachers.
It implements teacher training seminars on issues of Environmental awareness and teaching methods and strategies.
In addition, the Environmental Education Center of Naoussa as an organic cell of the local community addresses the wider community in the region to raise awareness on local, environmental issues, sustainability and good daily habits.
It reinforces sustainable education as it implements informational seminars, organizes environmental trails, presents with good daily practices to protect the environment and the quality of human life. How to change everyday attitudes and behaviors is not only a result of knowledge someone receives but many other internal changes relating the system of values, attitudes and perceptions about life itself. This does not mean that citizens who are, in this field, concerned will not continue to struggle. Besides, changes are made by people who live with the illusion that action, creation, beauty come through selflessness and love for place and life.
It reinforces society and culture. Culture is not only associated with movable and immovable monuments and their surroundings. The abuse and vulgarization of the landscape, environment and history, nowadays, are expressed as an urgent concern for the preservation of historical and cultural identity as a guarantee for the quality of the environment. The EEC of Naoussa aims at enhancing the cultural heritage of our place, supporting and highlighting in various ways the Industrial and pre-industrial heritage of our place, a field very misunderstood but the background on which they the modern profile of the city has developed. It collaborates with the curators of antiquities (IRS) in the program of green cultural routes so that our fellow citizens meet the archaeological treasures of our region. It leverages the artists of the city to highlight the value of emotional intelligence for all-round development of a modern man.
The EEC supports the local economy with as many strengths as it has, capitalizing on its trades the professionals in the city, directing its learners to invest in markets of local products. Strengthening the local economy also occurs with viewing the comparative advantages of our place, highlighting Naoussa as a locus of sustainable tourism that can offer unique experiences to suspicious visitors. It highlights the winemaking history and reality of the region, the environmental and aesthetic value of the mountain paths, provides with a comprehensive picture of the archaeological and historical treasures of the city, displays the industrial path and mill of the city, forms, essentially, the myth of the city highlighting the identity of the region.
The motto of the center is "We respect, love and care more what we know better." To love the EEC we need to know it. The door is always open for all and any suggestions for cooperation.