Families working together for a cleaner Plovidiv

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Children and parents in the Bulgarian municipality of Plovidiv have teamed up to help provide the city with better urban spaces.

They have been working together on a series of educational events in the Trakia district, helped by the BG Be Active programme and the city’s traffic policing division.

The aim of the initiative, Plovdiv –  a cleaner and safer city that we are building together, has been to discover how fun and games can turn caring for the environment into a stimulus for social activism and taking responsibility for your urban surroundings.

‘A stimulus for social activism…’

All of the activities, held in parks and other open spaces around the city, have been focused on creating good habits and attitudes among teenagers towards the city, in order for them to live in a better, cleaner and more beautiful town, with less traffic and accidents.

The whole project is part of a wider national Place Bulgaria programme, aimed at improving various city centres and reducing pollution levels. Similar events will also be held in three other districts of the city.

One of the events saw local traffic police offers giving children games-based lessons aimed at improving their understanding of proper behaviour around traffic, including real-time simulations of how can safely move and cross roads at intersections.

A series of ‘clean games’ have also been held to educate teenagers on responsible waste and litter control, as well as improving their knowledge of different types of packaging.

Author: Simon Weedy

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