INTERVIEW WITH THEODORA POLYZOIDOU
HELLENIC SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATURE (HSPN) - GREECE
City where the organisation is based: Athens
Number of staff in the organisation/working with Eco-Schools: 12/2
What do you prefer?
- Dogs or cats? Cats
- Sea or mountains? Sea
- Chocolate or chips? Chips
- Film or book? Book
- City or countryside? City
- Favourite word or phrase: 'Actions speak louder than words'
- If you could sing one song on a music competition show on television, what would it be?
Regarding my singing skills I would definitely avoid singing in front of other people but if I had to I would choose ‘The Lion sleeps tonight’ song!
- What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
One summer morning, when I had just woken up, I opened my fridge and took out a glass bottle as I was very thirsty for water...unfortunately the bottle had raki (alcohol) instead of water...So I had a weird wake up.
A high point of the programme, hopes and visions
I love how teachers become inspired by the programme and share their enthusiasm with the children! The sense of being in a community which respects values, and people care about each other cannot be compared! I would be more than happy if the Eco-Schools programme were run in every school at all grades. It is important to be part of the change for a better future.
Activities by HSPN
We plan to develop our network, provide more educational material, organise educational seminars for teachers including the theme of the Sustainable Development Goals, a summer school, a movie with teachers sharing ideas and opinions for the programme, succeed with more partnership projects with the local community, support our schools taking part in the Twinning project and establish Global Action Days.
An inspiring story by HSPN
Primary School of Adamas, on Milos Island have had wonderful ideas implemented.
The most fascinating thing they did was the construction of an outdoor class by reusing wooden pallets and waste in carpentry class. They created musical instruments reusing litter and gave a public concert in the school’s music hall. Moreover, they constructed a wooden lending library, which was put at the waiting room for passengers, at the port of Adamas, Milos, showing that it is part of the Eco-Schools’ programme.