“Ecotourism at school” - Educational package for children from the 3 villages: biodiversity, responsible tourism, local traditions, eco values. Within the project we will develop a teaching package for teachers (methodology and teaching materials) to be used for organizing extracurricular activities that aim to increase the environmental education and consists of information on ecotourism values of the 3 villages, the importance of biodiversity and bird protection.
The activity will be highly interactive, which will involve children and will make them aware of the value of their home and its characteristics compared to other places in the country.
A "game" type component will be made, through which children will be invited to identify bird songs and together they will choose the most suitable to become phone ringtones.
Our experts will be teaching in every school, in the presence of teachers who will take the know-how in order to replicate the work in the following years. The educational package will include visits to each of the 3 villages, to visit Crisan Ecotourism Center, Caraorman Bird Sanctuary, Dinghy Museum at Mila 23. The groups will include children from each school, in order to encourage exchanges and strengthen a cohesive future ecotourism destination that is represented by the three communities. In the second year of the project, together with Tulcea School Inspectorate, we will identify teachers from schools in other villages in the Delta, who will be involved in a transfer program of the teaching methodology activity. Teachers will also be transmitted teaching materials and will be informed regarding the experience gained during the application of the first year.
“Training for eco certification" - We have organized a training session regarding the criteria of ecotourism with operators in local hostels. This activity give students the opportunity to assess whether eco-tourism can receive accreditation (thus increasing the amount of marketing and promotion) and what they have to do to achieve this.
If there are several hostels that meet these criterias, the community can promote a lot better and chances of attracting more responsible tourists will be increased. These are usually educated tourists with greater financial possibilities. Thus, this provides positioning of the touristic destination as one that promotes noninvasive and sustainable tourism, but may provide decent means of life for the community residents.
After the training session, depending on the availability of the owners of guest houses, five of them will be assessed in accordance with Eco-Romania AER certification system.