In the context of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Polyeco S.A. in Mauritius implemented the environmental educational program “PCAI Junior”, from December 3rd to December 7th for the first time. Designed to increase environmental awareness through digital art, PCAI Junior is based on experiential learning games that take place indoors and outdoors of the school, allowing children to learn through play. The activities, taking place within the framework of the platform, are location based enabling students to recognize the threats of their area of residence, develop environmental awareness, propose solutions and, finally, capture them in a short film.
This innovative educational platform was established in 2017 by Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Chairman of Polyeco Group, as part of Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI)’s activities. The program received the 2nd prize at the International Solid Waste Association Competition #WhatHappensToMyWaste during the 2018 ISWA World Congress in Kuala Lumpur.
PCAI Junior in Mauritius took place in Terre Rouge State Secondary School after a competition amongst schools organized by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research. The program focused on experiential learning and all participating students, aged from 12 to 14, addressed a specific environmental issue, seeking for solutions in a creative manner.
PCAI JUNIOR IN MAURITIUS: A STRATEGIC WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Waste management affects the island of Mauritius in a significant way. The first stage enabled the students to describe the matter in an open discussion in class and share their thoughts and ideas. Following this discussion the students were introduced to the actual scale of the issue by PCAI’s experienced team of educators and to a collection of artists who use waste as their basic medium. The team later presented the story-telling techniques that the students applied in order to create their own narrative.
During the second stage -and as the students had constructed their characters and the scenery of their story- they were asked to illustrate their proposal. They drew and used mixed media in order to build all the divergent components they demonstrated in the first stage. The third stage of the program gave the students the opportunity to comprehend the meaning of “stop motion” and the power of “moving image” through a series of simple exercises. This last stage empowered the students to film their own creations and record their voices in order to produce a short film on how they perceive waste and the ways it can be better managed.
After the completion of the program Konstantinos Chatzatoglou, Polyeco S.A. Mauritius Country Manager, stated: “We are proud that Polyeco S.A. Mauritius through PCAI’s educational program, has managed to increase environmental awareness, to enhance sustainability learning and to inform students further on how waste, whether toxic or not, should be handled. We would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Terre Rouge State Secondary School, whose support and cooperation greatly contributed in the successful outcome of the program.”