Comenius Alley in Poland

Comenius Alley in ZS11, Poland

Comenius Alley in Hungary

From April till our tiny trees have been growing into strong ones. It was raining a lot and children also looked after them during the first months. Around Comenius Trees you can see the Hungarian team travelling to Dub Nad Moravou with their friends.

Hungary April 2010

Once upon a time there was a dull corner of the school yard. A grey concrete table was placed there. One day a man came and wanted to remove the table. No matter how hard did he try he couldn't move it. Then another man came and they both started to dig out. It was really hard work but the table didn’t give an inch. Finally they called a big machine to help them. At the end of that day the table had to give up and only four deep holes in the ground marked the place where the concrete table used to stand for years.


On 24April 2010 the crowd filled the dull empty corner of the school yard. Most of people, adult and children, spoke Hungarian but other languages could be heard: mostly English but also Polish, Czech and Romanian. Five flags were waving in the air. The Head teacher of the school and Coordinator of the Comenius project gave a speech.

The crowd gathered around the holes in the ground. They were no longer empty. Four small saplings were sitting comfortably in each hole ready to put down their roots. Their twigs were curious to see what's going on in the playing field so they wanted to reach the sky. Young but strong trunks were wrapped with colorful ribbons. People stood around each sapling. Some of them began to work with spades and throw the earth into the hole, others poured the water. Soon the work was finished. The boring bare corner was changed into Comenius Alley (at least the beginning of it). A special plaque was founded to commemorate the event – the meeting of four schools that collaborate on the Comenius project – Virtual Eden.
Romanian School
Czech school
Polish school
Hungarian school - the host of the event.
Coordinators of the project



**The Green Wave** is a global biodiversity campaign to educate children and youth about biodiversity. It leads up to the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. Each year, The Green Wave will contribute to worldwide celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). It also supports other national, international and global tree planting initiatives such as the UNEP-led Billion Tree Campaign.
In participating schools, students plant a locally important tree species in or near their schoolyard. Ideally, the tree species would also be locally indigenous. Where possible, the tree should be planted on 22 May – IDB. In some countries, it may be too hot, too cold, too rainy, too dry or too something else to plant on 22 May. If such conditions apply in your country, you should plant in another month but still hold a special ceremony on 22 May.
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A single mature tree can release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings!

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In 1992, governments, indigenous groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to talk about the
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