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2012 — Community
PEEC: 10 successful years with Alcoa Foundation’s support
This great story began in 2001 when Alcoa Foundation lent its support to a unique project in Quebec and Canada: the Program in Environmental Education and Citizenship (PEEC). This program encourages youngsters and adults to tackle real problems in their world through research action, the PEEC’s favored educational approach.
In Quebec, the PEEC engages all age groups, both in the educational sector and beyond. As a result, four-year-olds in daycares; kindergartners, elementary and secondary school students; college and university students; citizens from various municipalities and seniors (including members of the Fédération de l’Âge d’Or) are solving problems in, for and with their community.
And solutions have been found to a number of issues: vandalism, drinking water and energy wastage, the lack of civic duty, the isolation of seniors, etc.
Over the last two years, the PEEC has seen some interesting developments. The National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary, Hope Builders, about the PEEC’s educational approach, a first in Canadian environmental education. The film was chosen as a finalist in the “Best Documentary” category at the 2011 Gala des Jutras, which recognizes the best in Quebec film making. In 2010, it earned a Special Mention at the “Prix du Jury Jeune” during the Festival du film d’éducation, in France.
With help from Alcoa Foundation, the PEEC has developed a partnership with a Colorado-based organization that shares a similar vision. This initiative will foster an exchange of knowledge that will benefit both parties. It is interesting to note that, in addition to Canada and soon the United States, the PPEC’s expertise is recognized in China, India, Chili, Israel, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Not bad for a project created right here in Quebec thanks to support from Alcoa Foundation!