December 11th was established by the United Nations as the “International Mountain Day,” aiming to highlight the vital role of mountains in our lives throughout history and as a means to continually remind us of the need for their conservation.
The Pandoteira project celebrated this day with a hike at the “Loumata ton aeton” trail, in Amiantos. The hike took place on December 9th, 2023. Instead of the hike, kids between the ages of 4 and 10, were able to participate in educational activities, specifically designed for the day by the Forest School.
During the hike we were able to enjoy the amazing view, while with the help of our guides we were able to identify important flora species and learn about the geology of the area. What’s more, halfway through the trail we came across a restored hideout of EOKA fighters (1955 – 1959). It is also worth mentioning that the biggest part of the trail was the path local Mine workers used to follow to get to work from the surrounding villages.
With the completion of the hike, we enjoyed hot chocolate, tea and treats. While ‘refueling’ we had the opportunity to learn about the historical interest of the trail from the Head of the Community Council, Mr Kritonas Kyriakides.
At the Forest School, children had the opportunity to play and also execute small projects in nature. The various activities stimulated the children’s observation, curiosity, ability to pose questions, their ability to formulate hypotheses, search for answers in multiple sources, as well as helped them discover that the search for answers can be an ongoing and never-ending process.
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