- "Danube goes School"
Danube Box was launched on Danube Day 2006
Danube Day 2006 was a special Danube Day – since it did not only celebrate the Danube Rivers, but is has also seen the launched the Danube Box. This innovative education kit for teachers was developed over the last 16 months and is now available in German and English. It consists in a “teaching kit” that will give local schoolchildren a greater understanding of the river, the threats posed to the river, and the need to preserve water resources.
Speaking about the Danube Box, Philip Weller, Executive Secretary of the ICPDR, said, “The ‘Danube Box’ answers a need to effectively communicate information and appreciation to the younger generation on the importance of the Danube river and its tributaries as part of our natural heritage.”
The Danube Box is the outcome of the “Green Danube Partnership” between The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola HBC and the ICPDR, which was established in June 2005. The “Green Danube Partnership” is a private/public initiative to demonstrate business responsibility for the future of the Danube. Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, board director Coca-Cola HBC: "We take our corporate social responsibilities very seriously indeed, and we have significant operations along the Danube River which contribute to water conservation and to a wider understanding of the concept of sustainable development.”
Austrian Box is ready and others are under way
The Danube Box is already in use in Austria, where it is supported by the ministry of water and the ministry of education and discussions for national versions for Romania, Hungary and Serbia are currently under way. The first step is to set up national project teams, being composed of representatives of the Ministry of Water Management and the Ministry of Education, as well as relevant NGOs and pedagogical institutions. It is hoped that the Danube Box will also be maded available for free to school authorities in other countries along the Danube in the upcoming years, plan are under way for Hungary, Serbia, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria.
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