About this good practice
The aim of this project are the students and teachers from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd school cycles of public and private education. The project consists in carrying out awareness actions in the classroom context, through a theoretical presentation on the issue of Marine Litter, followed by the viewing of a short, animated film on the topic, with the Superhero ‘Ique’ (created specifically for Lagos), which addresses the problem of plastics as a major environmental challenge. At the end, it is held an educational game - Giant Game of Glory - where children are the pawns, throwing a giant dice to play and answer questions about this issue. The children also have the opportunity to carry out a practical activity of cleaning the sand and monitoring litter on a beach in the municipality, where the students had the opportunity to raise awareness among the beach users, present the problem of marine litter, collect, record, and monitor the litter found on the beach, which provides useful information on the quantities and types of litter collected. A didactic educational game was also launched in 2020 with Superhero ‘Ique’, with 3 different levels: the 1st level consists in cleaning the beaches by collecting small waste; The 2nd level corresponds to the correct use of recycling bins; and the 3rd level to the adoption of behaviors of rational use of water. In 2021, the game was updated with the introduction of 2 more levels on different themes, namely renewable energy and biodiversity.
Audiovisual elements are needed for the classroom, and material resources for the cleaning/monitoring actions on the beaches.The biggest costs were related to the production of the animated film, worth €3,980.00 + taxes, and the educational digital game, worth a total of €7,080.00 + taxes.
Evidence of success
Since the beginning of the project, 1243 students have participated, involving 60 classes from 13 different public and private schools in the municipality, from 1st to 8th grade. A total of 40 cleaning/garbage monitoring actions were also carried out on 4 different beaches in the municipality (Meia Praia, Praia da Batata, Praia do Porto de Mós, and Praia da Luz). In general, it is considered that the overall balance was quite positive, meeting the objectives initially set.
Potential for learning or transfer
Given its simplicity, it can easily be applied in other places.
It has already been possible to involve students from the 3rd cycle of basic education and we intend to involve secondary school students as well.