Every STEP into action event invites more than 1,000 high school students to explore their potential to locally tackle global challenges. Through interactive workshops, games and informative stands students realise how important their personal commitment and individual contribution are to sustainable development.
Inspiring non-formal education methods get students to think about the future of the planet and of mankind, and - more importantly - get them to find ways to address major global issues. Pupils are encouraged to change their everyday habits towards a more sustainable lifestyle, learn how to get involved with over 30 partner organisations present at the event, and are even invited to create their own sustainable projects with friends or classmates.
How is STEP into action organised?
STEP into action consists of 3 phases:
1. School visits: Volunteers trained by euforia visit participating classes to initiate the students to the event and have them familiarise with sustainable development. Participants start reflecting on societal and environmental challenges and choose their individual focus: migration, solidarity, human rights, health, or environment.
2. Interactive workshop: a 3-hour journey to discover social and/or environmental causes and how to tackle. In teams, participants master different challenges across three levels:
- awareness, through workshops by local NGOs and youth organisations
- reflection, thanks to engaged young people sharing their changemaker experience.
- action, through stands by local organisations who present engagement opportunities for students
3. Support of school and individual projects and evaluation: Together with its partner organisations, especially WeAct, euforia further encourages students to continue their engagement.
And what about teachers?
Teachers are invited to participate in an interactive workshop designed to discover the innovative methods of education for sustainable development. They get the chance to brainstorm and share their ideas with colleagues as well as with representatives of local NGOs and organisations. Once the event is over, they are supported in creating concrete sustainable initiatives or projects for their classes if they wish.
STEP into action has successfully taken place since 2011. The results of the first edition (Basel 2011) were already concluding: 3 months after the event, 90% of the participants had changed their daily habits and 15.5% started to volunteer for an existing organisation or had started their own project.
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