School Garden, ”Sfânta Maria” No. 7 Secondary School Timișoara

Our school is modern, clean and upgraded. Our classrooms have new furniture, we have computer and projector in each classroom. The only part that needs improvement is the school garden. There are some trees but we are missing the color and happiness the flowers provide.

Students from 5th grade noticed this issue and decided to solve it with the support of all school students. The students divided themselves in groups and started to build awareness inside the schoolmates regarding their idea. They decided that every kid can contribute by bringing a flower which can be planted in the garden.

The students promoted the project using the school radio, flyers and making announcements in each classroom. Next they start receiving flower pots. They took care of the flowers, watered them and planted them in the school yard. The students designed letter 7 out of the flowers which is a symbol for the school name.

Change story facilitated by Tundrea Marinela.

List all the problems identified by students:

- The students thought first of the problems faced by children who are abandoned or those who lack resources to purchase books, notebooks, food, clothing, etc. or those children whose parents work abroad and they were thinking to raise funds and goods to be donated.

- The students were also bothered by the trash that is present in parks. However they had cleaned the park during the biology classes.

- When it come to their school, their classroom is placed towards the school garden. The kids realized there is a lack of color and flowers in the garden. They also identified where in the garden is sun and is a good place for flowers.

What problem was selected and why?

After we wrote on the blackboard our problems, we voted the problem we want to address. We asked them to decide if they want to vote publicly or privately and they decided to say their preference and the majority decided to take care of the school garden.

They also had passionate conversations about supporting the students who have limited resources, however they realized that they would need more time to raise funds and donations.

Who is affected by this problem and what bothers them?

All student would like to see some color in their school yard.