National Operator Interviews: Nevena Cabrilo


Bureau for Education Services, Montenegro


City where the organisation is based: Podgorica

Number of staff in the organisation/working with Eco-Schools: 68/2

What do you prefer?

  • Dogs or cats? Dogs
  • Sea or mountains? Both
  • Chocolate or chips? Chocolate
  • Film or book? Both
  • City or countryside? Countryside
  • Favourite word or phrase: "Don't worry"
  • If you could sing one song on a music competition show on television, what would it be?

      Svetionik by the Montenegrin singer and songwriter Miladin Šobić

  • What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

A month ago I told my dog to sit, placed a piece of meat in front of her, and told her to stay. My doorbell rang and I went to help out my neighbor. An hour later, when I came back, my dog was still sitting in the same spot, waiting for me to give her the permission to eat. Later that day my slippers disappeared and I still have not found them.

A high point of the programme, hopes and visions

Dream: All schools in Montenegro will become part of the Eco-Schools programme.

High point: By raising the awareness of pupils about the environment, they will have an impact on their overall life as well as the lives of their families. It is extremely important that the project is done through fun and active learning.

Activities by the Bureau for Education Services

Schools' application process and monitoring, organising consultations, promoting Eco-School programmes at the national level, participation in monitoring and evaluation of the programme, organising national events.

An inspiring story by the Bureau for Education Services

The “Radoje Cizmovic” primary school has an ERM demonstration site, built in the schoolyard (a reeds' plantation system capable of purifying the school’s waste water, which is afterwards used for irrigating of the school’s orchard and vegetable garden). In this school, pupils are learning about Eco-remediation on ERM Polygon. ERM polygon represents an example of green technologies. They enable environment restoration and protection of natural resources by natural methods.

Every year each class plants a fruit tree in what we call the Generation Orchard. They do the same thing with vegetables, changing cultures every year. Up to now, we have an orchard of three rows representing the three last generations of pupils.

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