The National Network for Children Bulgaria shared an article about the Energy@school programme, which encompasses 41 Central European schools in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, parts of Italy and parts of Germany. The project ends at the end of this month after it started in 2016, with a total budget of about 2.5 million euros, of which 2.1 million were provided by the European Regional Development Fund. The Energy@school programme in Central Europe is "free and accessible to any educational institution that wants to save energy and spread its message."
Thanks to this programme, saving energy becomes a school subject similar to mathematics or foreign languages. Lily Learnart is a school student in Újszilvás, Hungary, and is a "junior energy guard". She says she is among the responsible pupils who ensure that other students adhere to rules such as opening the windows "several times, more often, but for short periods," and if someone forgot to stop the water tap, the officials responsible will make sure its turned off. The program also influences the management of the local community's energy consumption. For example, in the same school, after an examination prompted by the programme, the city council decided to install double glazing that effectively reduces the energy consumption of the school by 30%.