by Victoria W. Thoresen* Signs of despair, cynicism, hopelessness, and frustration are evident amongst young people around the globe. They are daily being bombarded with information about the deteriorating condition of the climate, the continuing destruction of the environment and the lack of initiatives to counteract the consequences of unsustainable development. Many have experienced these conditions […]

LOLA Vision

The LOLA Vision is articulated on four major points: FOCUS ON LOCAL SCALE: LOLA aims at looking for promising sustainable initiatives at a walking distance from the school… ADOPT ACTION LEARNING: LOLA is an investigation process based on interviews. It doesn’t require particular knowledge or preparation… ACT NOW: radical change doesn’t come only from top-down policies… CHANGE WAYS […]

LOLA Key Principles

One can summarise LOLA key principles around: PUPIL’S PARTICIPATION in a mutual learning process… ACTIVE LEARNING: LOLA process intends to be an inquiry-based learning process. It is not pure discovery learning… SCHOOL-COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: pupils will learn about sustainabilityand share diffused knowledge on sustainability in the school-community and beyond… FLEXIBLE TEACHING METHODS to suit different contexts in terms […]

Who Uses Lola?

PUPILS  AND TEACHERS… use the toolkit to explore new and more sustainable ways of living between looking for initiatives in the surroundings of their school and investigating more theoretical questions about sustainability… HEADMASTERS… use the toolkit to launch a transversal project in their school, they set up an exhibition, present the process to their staff […]

The LOLA Toolkit

WHAT DO WE INTED BY THE TOOLKIT? A toolkit is a set of elements that enable its users to realise a particular activity. In the case of the LOLA the purpose of providing a toolkit to secondary schools is to enable teachers and pupils to create significant learning sessions. From this short definition we can […]

LOLA Step-by-Step Cards

The core element of the LOLA toolkit is a set of STEP-BY-STEP CARDS describing the different possible steps to search for a promising initiative, to get in contact with its protagonists, to document what they do and report it in a nice and highly communicative way. For each of these steps, each card is proposing different options multiplying […]

LOLA Reporter Book

Along with the cards a REPORTER BOOK is available in the LOLA toolkit. It is the main investigation tool for the pupils to organise their interviews. It contains basic concepts and examples of initiatives to investigate; interview question guides and photo check-lists; progressive reporting formats to organise information and images, personal comments and disclosure agreements…

The LOLA Brochure

This new brochure introduces to the LOLA Toolkit. It gives an overview of the genesis, intentions and goals of the project as well as a panorama of possible implementations that could be elaborated from all the toolkit material available on line. “LOLA: Looking for Likely Alternatives. A didactic process for approaching sustainability by investigating social […]

Download LOLA

-> Please note that the files are in .pdf. To obtain original .ppt files for translation, contact editors. 1. The LOLA Toolkit is downloadable for free. All elements are copyleft; they can be transformed and used for any purpose unless commercial ones. The toolkit contains: _a Guide Book which consists in a set of step-by-step cards showing the LOLA […]