Our life in a wetland!
Primary school students from across the transboundary Prespa basin show us what the wetland looks like through their eyes
In a symbolic activity the children of transboundary Prespa have shown us their world in miniature. Children from primary schools in the three countries created scale models of each of their sides of the wetland, ultimately aiming to join the three models together, allowing the children to show us transboundary Prespa as a whole.
The activity was prepared by PrespaNet, the network of environmental organisations (SPP, MES, PPNEA), on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on 2nd February. The creative set of cross-border models was begun on Saturday 6th February with young ‘artists’ in Greece painting and filling in their side, it then continued on 9th February in Resen Primary School in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and was completed on Friday 12th February at the Gorica e Vogël Primary School in Albania.
Lakes, rivers, forests, farmers, fishermen, shepherds, local crops, wet meadows, fish and cattle all found their proper place in the wetland models, highlighting once again the indissoluble bonds between man and nature in the region.
The activity will be concluded when the three models are joined together this week at the Primary School in Resen, the only town in the basin of Prespa. We thank all the schools, teachers and children who took part in this event, as well as the Public Library in the Municipality of Prespa.