3-days training for pupils and teachers with the aim to implement a waste sorting culture at their schools and community.

According to GfK Ukraine's Youth of 2018 investigation, only 1.3% of young people at least sometimes participate in community initiatives and social life. Such disappointing statistics are the result of a lack of appropriate skills, knowledge and a corresponding lack of belief that their actions can solve social, economic and political problems. Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we strive to provide young people with the knowledge they need to engrain changes and development of communities.
Together with the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola company, we support their global goal "World without Waste". Therefore, we implement the Zero Waste School project, which will teach schoolchildren and teachers to implement a waste sorting culture at their school, community and eventually in the whole world with the help of non-formal learning. The program of the project will help participants to understand the importance of their participation in community life and collaboration.

The program consists of several stages:

1. During the Active Citizens training, the teams will learn to interact within local communities, negotiate and resolve complex issues with communication methods.

2. Participants will have a practical seminar about project management, where they will be taught how to plan their own project, to predict risks and how to find a way to communicate with stakeholders and the mass-media.

3. They will learn how to fundraise for community development.

4. Participants will meet with well-known civil activists who can tell them how to overcome the obstacles that will be encountered on the way. Moreover, they are expected to meet with opinion leaders from the field of ecology, who will share their professional experience.

After returning from the first part of the Zero Waste School project, the participants will have a two-day training for schoolchildren, parents and school staff, where they will be taught how to be active citizens, how correctly sort the garbage - metal, paper and plastic. Moreover how to make money from these activities for school and community needs.

Who can take part?

A school with a minimum of 200 students.
The school forms a team of 3 pupils (2 girls and 1 boys, from 8 and 10 classes) and one teacher. Students must be active representatives of the school self-government, familiar with teamwork and taking the initiative. A teacher should be a friend, a worthy example to follow for schoolchildren and encourage them to engage in active social activities.

Date of the project:

February 8 - March 4, 2019 - registration at You need to fill in all the fields and record a video with a presentation of your team. The Video should be up to 1 minute from any device (phone / webcam / camera).

March 22 - announcing 50 winning schools that will take part in the project.

Make sure your video recorder is not publicly accessible, and you can view it only by the link. To do this, before uploading a video, you must change the "Open Access" setting to "Link Access"

• March 7 - announcing 100 winning schools that will take part in the project.

The project program provides four races for 100 schools. Each school will know the date of its arrival via email letters.

May-June – Schools conduct educational workshop, the aim of which is sorting garbage.

September 1 - 27 - All participating schools will organize a Zero Waste Day in their community.

The selection of winning schools will be based on the following criteria:

• Comprehensiveness of responses in system and existence of video;

• A clear motivation for the school to implement changes in the local community;

• Compliance of the team with the project requirements;

• Readiness to conduct trainings for the community;

• Participants implement  Zero Waste Day for their own school and community.



Competition among general-education schools for the sports playground. The project unites local communities and develop active healthy lifestyle

  • 201 playgrounds installed
  • 135 cities and villages took part
  • 15505 applications recieved
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