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I Can! – “Romulus Paraschivoiu” Technology High School, Lovin, Timis

Students identified a problem that prevents them from having an optimal school environment: personal lockers, where they can keep their teaching materials and their personal belongings. The children searched and identified solutions to put this system of lockers in place

A story of change facilitated by Mr Grui Vasile.

List the problems identified by the pupils:

  • Renovating the IT lab

  • Installing personal lockers in the classroom

  • Proper heating in the classroom

  • Changing school furniture

  • Renovating the school sports hall

Explain the problem and why it was chosen.

Students proposed to install personal lockers in their classroom. They believe that by having lockers, they would carry a lighter backpack and they it would help them keep more personal belongings. In addition, I believe that other classes will follow their example.

What people are most affected by this problem? What bothers them?

The most affected are the children with an unfavorable height and weight in relation to the weight of their school backpack, but also the other pupils who might have a less comfortable way to school or back home from school.

List all the solutions that you thought of

  • Launch a campaign in school to make their idea popular

  • Discuss with the people making the decisions in school

  • Support from their parents

Which of these solutions was chosen to implement and why?

The pupils chose to implement the following ideas:

Parents and school support for applying their idea

Briefly describe the process of implementing your solution/solutions.

The support promised was received, a furniture company came to take measurements and established the materials needed. In a few weeks, this company installed the lockers in the classroom.

What are the results or the impact of your project?

Our story had a positive impact, both in the classroom and schoolwide. I believe that the main purpose, to have a lighter backpack everyday, will soon be accomplished, leading to a better perception of school from the children's perspective and not only.

How many people benefited from your solution?

20 - 50 people

What did the people who benefited from the solution say? Write 2 quotes or opinions.

“I would like to get involved in a similar project as well” ……. said a pupil from another class.

“Good for you!” … said another pupil.

What difficulties did you encounter while implementing the project and how did you overcome them?

Pupil - pupil, pupil - teacher - we have overcome all hurdles and we managed to work passionately together.

How long did it take to implement the solution?

15 - 30 days

What did you do to promote the project in your school or in the community? With whom did the pupils talk to about the project? What answers did they receive?

We talked about this project with the pupil’s parents, with teachers, with the principal and we received a positive feedback.

Approximately, with how many people did you talk to about the project?

20 - 50 people

Briefly, how do you plan on sustaining the project in the future?

We planned to continue this wonderful project in other classes within the same school.

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