Fifty-seven schools from all over Greece were presented with the LEAF Award on an award ceremony that was held on March 10, 2018 at the Goulandris Natural History Museum in Athens. The prize was a rucksack, which contained useful tools for schools’ environmental outdoor activities, according to the slogan of the network «Going to the forest and learning from it».
Mrs Fali Vogiatzaki, member of Board of Directors of the Goulandris Natural History Museum welcomed all participants (teachers and students), emphasising on the long-term relationship between HSPN and the Museum. Mr Nikos Petrou, President of HSPN and member of the Board of Directors of FEE, underlined the great importance of the participation of students in the global family of the network with thousands of students all over the world contributing to the protection of forests. Barry McGonigal, the International LEAF Director, sent his congratulations to all Greek LEAF schools for their excellent work on the LEAF programme. Mrs Alexia Nikiforaki, Secretary General of HSPN, also welcomed and congratulated all participating schools. Mrs Sofia Kainourgiou, Vice President of the Greek LEAF Committee, made a presentation of the Greek LEAF Committee who evaluated the Greek schools’ reports on the LEAF Programme. Mr Dimitrios Gkotzos, President of the Greek LEAF Committee, referred to the philosophy and the network’s actions.
The thirty participating schools (kindergartens, primary schools and high schools) presented their activities from their participation in the LEAF programme through theatrical plays, PowerPoints and videos.
At the end of the ceremony, all participants enjoyed the projection of the “Globe” at the entrance of the Museum, which shows pictures of the Earth that have been recorded from space. In addition, the “Globe” shows the geological evolution of the Earth from its beginning until now.