On May 10th, 2014 on the square "Goce Delchev" - Strumica the festival SunPower FEST, as part of the project "Efficient usage of solar energy for better future" - SP - FUTURE, was held. The Festival was attended by pupils and teachers from both schools involved in the project - OOU "Sando Masev" - Strumica and SOU "Anton Popov" - Petrich.
This festival of knowledge promoted the results of the pupils and teachers in primary schools "Sando Masev" from Strumica and "Anton Popov" Petrich of the topic energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.DSC 0698
DSC 0718This event also marked the Day of the European Union - May 9th, due to the fact that this project is co-funded by EU IPA Cross-Boreder Programme between Macedonia and Bulgaria.
With the installation of the photovoltaic panels, these two schools became energy efficient, and the joint implementation of this project, the cross-border cooperation has improved on several levels: municipal and institutional, and between pupils from both schools.
The project is co-funded by EU IPA Cross-Boreder ProgrammDSC 0720e under the Second Call for Proposals between Macedonia and Bulgaria 2007-2013, and implemented by the Centre for development of the South-East planning region, as leader partner, and Municipality of Strumica, Association of Southwestern Municipalities - Blagoevgrad and Municipality of Petrich, as project partners.
The project started on July 23rd, 2012 and will finish on July 22nd, 2014.
at the office of Association of South Western Municipalities, in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, was held the seventh meeting
04.04.2014, at the office of Association of South Western Municipalities, in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, was held the seventh meeting of the project team “Efficient usage of solar energy for better future – SP-Future”.
The objectives of the meeting were:
To review, evaluate and plan the activities related to the project implementation;
To draw a program and detailed script for the conduction of the “Sun Power FEST”, which is going to take place in Strumitsa, FYROM;
To discuss the workshops for kids in the schools;
To compile the Progress Report on the project for the period completed.
The meeting was attended by seven members of the team and partners organizations – leader, coordinator, accountant, etc. Accordingly, two representatives of the Centre for Development of Southeast planning region as a leading organization of the project, representatives of the project partner – Association of South Western Municipalities, Municipality of Petrich and Municipality of Strumitsa.
As a result of the meeting, the team has: Progress Report on the project for the period completed; program and detailed script for the “Sun Power FEST”, script and described materials for crafting in the workshops for kids in the schools and evaluation of the implementation of activities have been made.
.On February 6, 2014 in School "Anton Popov» town. Petrich, the Mayor Velyo Iliev and Chairman of the Board of the Association of South Western Municipalities Mr. Atanas Stoyanov discovered photo voltaic plant constructed under the project "Efficient use of solar energy for a better future - SP-FUTURE".
The opening was attended by representatives of the project partners - the Association of Southwestern municipalities of Petrich Municipality, Centre for Development of South-Eastern Macedonia Strumitsa Municipality, teachers and students from School "Anton Popov".
It will be held and a two-day cross-border festival "SunPower Fest", which will be attended by over 200 children from two pilot schools. The festival program includes a variety of educational games and races united by the common theme of using renewable energy.
The construction of the photovoltaic power plant is a major project activity "Effective use of solar energy for a better future - SP-FUTURE", financed by the European Union IPA Cross-Border Programme CCI number 2007CB16IPO007.
In a scope of the implementation of the project “Efficient usage of solar energy for better future – SP FUTURE” the second training of the cross border teachers’ network was held in “Sveti Nikola” hotel, Sandanski, Republic of Bulgaria in the period of 24 - 27 June, where attended teachers of the schools “Sando Masev”, Strumica and “Anton Popov”, Petrich - members of the teachers’ network.
The purpose of the training was developing of Guide for teachers, which will be submitted to the local offices of the Ministry of education. On the training were presented the topics related with teaching about the environment and nature in primary schools. The teachers took part in group sessions that focused on the various section included in the Manual, to which they developed various interpretative models of environmental education. The programme continued with a study-visit at the Nature park “Belasica” as planned, where were presented a few successful projects in a field of energy efficiency and nature interpretation that has been already implemented.
The participants also experienced the nature interpretation while attending the route “The life of the acorn” at the Nature Park “Belasica”. The training finished with sessions of further edits of the Manual, summing up the results, discussion and outlining further steps for developing the network. Moderators of the training were: Simana Markovska – environmental education and nature interpretation expert from Bulgaria and Ljupcho Stojanovski – natural science expert form Macedonia.