"Green Classroom" adjacent to the Bear Museum now welcomes all visitors to the Vitosha Nature Park The innovative amphitheater corner for learning and entertainment is the result of the first phase of the joint project of Postbank, Mastercard and Vitosha Nature Park.
The second stage of the project will include the construction of a connecting walkway between the "Green Classroom" and the Arboretum area, so that tourists can safely navigate the forest between the two sites without using the main thoroughfare.
Nearly 100 employees from both companies were actively involved in the finishing activities of the project. The special guests Deyan Donkov and Radina Kardzhilova also contributed to the creation of the creative space where children will be able to learn and have fun outdoors, in the nature of Vitosha. The volunteers varnished and finished the built amphitheater stage with its adjacent tables and benches, put up information boards about the location and an educational board with interesting information about plant and animal species, varnished all the "Vitoski-type" tables and benches that are located in the area, put up a new interactive board showing where the animals live and what they eat that we can meet on Vitosha.
The green classroom is constructed in harmony with the modern concept of learning through play and some of the tables on the amphitheater stage have built-in board games - two "forest" chess and a puzzle, and for the youngest visitors to the mountain there is a and a clock with the nocturnal and diurnal animals.Attractive and interactive, the boards and games provide rich opportunities for learning, instill respect for the animal and plant species found on Vitosha.
The green adventure involved many children who took part in a special talk at the "Museum of the Bear", various games, as well as a workshop with non-traditional musical instruments from around the world. Volunteers from both companies expanded their green knowledge by participating in "Minute for Ecology" by ASORI (Association for Social Responsibility and Development through Innovation). Finally, young and old relaxed in the musical atmosphere under the captivating sounds of the heng-pan, one of the non-traditional instruments that the volunteers were introduced to.
The "Green Classroom" project is part of Postbank's active socially responsible policy. It builds on the series of green projects that the financial institution implemented together with the Directorate of Vitosha Nature Park over the past few years, as part of the internal program "Green together with Postbank".Building green self-awareness is part of the bank's corporate policy, and the aim of these projects is not only to improve the environment, but also to motivate as many people as possible to take conscious actions to protect nature.
“Green Outdoor Classroom” is a very special project for us. We are launching it in the year in which we celebrate 30 years on the Bulgarian market. Once again, we are working in partnership with Vitosha Nature Park to make the mountain even more attractive, and tourists, even the smallest ones, even more aware. Once again, we prove that we are a green team and that protecting nature is a mission that unites our employees. But this time we are much more, the project is even larger and we have a new strong partner – Mastercard. The results so far bring us satisfaction and a sense of sustainable efforts and changes," Postbank commented.
“Starting this year worldwide, Mastercard is involving its partners - banks and cardholders in a green network of initiatives, eco team building - voluntary actions and digital transactions with a charitable element for the sake of the future of our planet. We are grateful that the Post Bank team is among our first partners in this direction in Bulgaria. We believe that a critical moment has arrived in which to consider our personal actions and how together - in a group and cumulatively - we can bring about the real change for nature that is on the agenda", says Vanya Manova, Mastercard Manager for Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.
“Thank you for the support of Post Bank and Mastercard for recognizing the cause of the Directorate of PP "Vitosha" to improve the infrastructure of the park. The "Green Classroom" is a long-term initiative to introduce alternative approaches to learning through experience in nature.With its creation, we will upgrade the possibilities for holding children's educational initiatives in an accessible and favorite place, near the capital, in the wonderful nature of Vitosha Park. The dedicated corner enables teachers to bring together many different topics and present them to students in an interesting, easy and attractive way. We believe that outdoor lessons will create environmental awareness and responsible behavior in children and adolescents, increasing their knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships in the environment. We hope that our joint activity will continue and we will make the mountain even more accessible and attractive for children and people," said Dr. Anna Petrakieva, director of Vitosha Nature Park.
The second stage of the joint green project is to be implemented next year. You can see more about "Green Classroom" here, as well as photos from the event.