Through SPNL’s current approach towards involving multi-stakeholders in the management and planning of Hima sites, and as a part of the School with No Walls program, SPNL adopted the Design for Change approach (DFC) for involving kids and youth in the management of their village and its natural resources.
The Design For Change (DFC) is among the largest global movement that gives children the opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action, through coming up with solutions for the problems that they see in their environment.
Through SPNL’s adoption of the approach in Hima Anjar village, around 5 groups of students from the Armenian Evangelical Secondary School in Anjar, participated in the national DFC competition which took place on 6 June 2015 in the Beirut Art Center. The projects presented by Anjar students included recycling projects, gardening, and design of solar heater from wastes, establishing a bike park, and designing lockers for small kids.
One of the project that impressed the DFC Jury and audience was the solar heater project “ More Sun Less Pollution “ designed by a 14 years old student in the 9th grade Sbidag Demirijian.
Demirjian managed to design a solar heater from wastes, where she used thrown away black tubes, the end of a thrown rocket, broken ice bucket , TV protection cases and wood left overs to demonstrate a successful project. Demirjian explained that her project was a successful module of reducing pollution and having hot water. She explained that this project requires no costs and it can be demonstrated easily. With such a creative project Demirijian was selected by the DFC Jury as the representative of Lebanon to participate in the international DFC celebration that will take place in Mexico in September 2015 and share her project World Wide.