Young ecologists participating in the Green Schools educational project from different parts of Belarus will receive the necessary modern equipment for their research.

June 5 marks World Environment Day, a professional holiday for all environmentalists, environmentalists, public figures and environmental activists, and of course those involved in the Green Schools educational project.
In 2020, under the project “Involving the public in environmental monitoring and improving environmental governance at the local level”, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources, support for green schools continues.
To ensure a high level of educational activities for resource centers of green schools and environmental monitoring clubs based on green schools (13 institutions in total), the most necessary modern equipment was purchased that will allow young ecologists to conduct their research.
It is symbolic that on the eve of the holiday, World Environment Day, educational institutions will receive digital cameras, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes, digital wattmeters, magnifiers, Petri dishes and other accessories for exciting activities that will help young ecologists grow up as real conservationists.
“Green schools” is an environmental movement that is developing in the world and in Belarus. In order to bring the «environmental» consciousness of people to a new level, you need to start with the young generation, experts are sure. The proof that they are right is the fact that the movement is increasingly popular, and today children are becoming environmental information guides and opinion leaders. In Belarus, students of “green schools” involve friends and parents in their circle of interests, pass on to them knowledge acquired in the school about separate waste collection, saving water and energy, etc.
The development and implementation of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of the European Union, UNDP, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education. The peculiarity of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus is that it includes six (five for preschool institutions) clearly defined areas with a set of tasks developed taking into account environmental problems and issues that are being addressed in our country. Only by completing these tasks can an educational institution receive a green diploma.
At the end of 2019, 57 educational institutions from all regions of the Republic of Belarus received the status of a “green” school; in total, more than 200 educational institutions participated in the educational project.

A special issue of the journal «Native Nature», dedicated to the development of the educational project «Green Schools» in Belarus, was released.

The issue has already been delivered to subscribers of the publication, as well as to printing kiosks across the country.
The material covers the history of the project in Belarus, talks about national characteristics, advantages for educational institutions, prospects and results.
Since 2011, the Green Schools project has been successfully developing and is already covering pre-school educational institutions, as well as preparing to repeat summer green shifts for young ecologists in health camps in Belarus.
The main educational directions of the project:
— biodiversity
— water saving
— energy saving
— waste management
— monitoring of atmospheric air
— environmental information activities to work with local communities.

The issue can be downloaded from «Library» of this website.

530 liters of hand sanitizer and 126 disinfectant dispensers were purchased within the project for 24 pilot sites implementing the Green Schools educational project.

Hand cleanliness is one of the most important conditions that must be observed to reduce the risk of contracting viral infections.  530 liters of hand sanitizer and 126 disinfectant dispensers were purchased within the project with EU funds for 24 pilot sites implementing the Green Schools educational project throughout Belarus.

 

 

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, distance education is becoming increasingly important. It is really crucial to provide means of communication and high-quality Internet. This is especially true for educational institutions located in the regions. For EU funds, 8 modern stationary computers have already been purchased and delivered to educational institutions — Project partners, and in the near future 10 more laptops are expected to be delivered.

 

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On May 13-14, 2020, an on-line conference was held as part of the open city Forum of Environmental Ideas “Grodno: Together along the Path of Sustainable Development” on the Cisco Webex Meetings platform. 34 institutions connected, with one to 15 people at the monitor

The online format is the most appropriate way to conduct events in the context of a pandemic of the new coronavirus. In addition, due to the holding of the conference in this format, part of the funds freed up within the framework of the initiative, which were allocated by the State University to purchase means of protection against viral infections for the partners of the initiative.

The Forum of Environmental Ideas is one of the events implemented by the environmental initiative “URA Grodno!” and implemented by the Yanka Kupala Grodno State University in the framework of the Project.
The purpose of the Forum is to attract the public to the development and implementation of measures aimed at improving the quality of the environment, popularization of the environmental initiative «URA Grodno!» in the local community.
Forum Objectives:
1. Development of partnerships and the establishment of long-term cooperation between Grodno residents within the framework of the environmental initiative “URA Grodno!”;
2. Creation of educational and creative interaction of Grodno residents on the development and implementation of measures aimed at improving the quality of the environment;
3. Identification, presentation and synthesis of best public environmental practices in the city of Grodno and the Grodno region;
4. Holding an exhibition-competition of methodological developments in the field of environmental education and an environmentally friendly lifestyle, as well as creative works of students of educational institutions of the city of Grodno and the Grodno region.
The Forum participants were teachers and students of educational institutions of the city of Grodno and the Grodno region, representatives of environmental public associations; specialists working in the field of organizing work with youth in educational institutions.
The final on-line conference of the Forum presents the best developments in the field of environmental education in the nominations «Methodological developments» and «Description of the system of work on the formation of an environmentally friendly lifestyle.» In total, over 230 works were submitted to the competition (˃60 designs, ˃170 creative works, including drawings, posters, leaflets, comics, ecological fairy tales, poems and videos)

Conference Organizer:
 Kremleva Olga Evgenievna, associate professor of the Department of Ecology, head of the environmental initiative «URA Grodno!»,
 Bogdan Galina Anatolyevna, teacher, project coordinator of the State Educational Institution “Secondary School No. 12 of Grodno”, manager of the environmental initiative “URA Grodno!”,
 Zhishko Tatyana Aleksandrovna, chief specialist of the education department of the Grodno city executive committee.

Ecological initiative of the Yanka Kupala State University of Moscow: “Inclusive environmental management by motivating the inclusion of residents of the city of Grodno in the development and implementation of measures aimed at improving the quality of the environment and monitoring environmental risks, in the context of an educational multicenter of comprehensive support for an environmentally friendly lifestyle of local communities» URA- Grodno! ”

 

 

 

 

 

Local environmental initiatives have also joined efforts to counter the spread of viral infections

Local environmental initiatives have also joined efforts to counter the spread of viral infections in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and, through EU funds, have purchased and donated personal protective equipment to support educational institutions and persons with disabilities. So, 1200 medical masks with a certificate of conformity were purchased by the Slavgorod Vozrozhdenie-Agro fund and distributed there among local partners. Ecological initiative “URA Grodno!” handed over to its participants and partners 500 masks to ensure the prevention of COVID-19. As part of the environmental initiative “Adaptation to the conditions of climatic changes in the production of animal feeds, which reduce the negative impact on the environment”, carried out by the Grodno Regional Association of Farmers, 1000 masks, 200 medical caps, 100 medical gowns and 40 liters of antiseptics were purchased. All this was transferred to the partners of the initiative, the Krevsky rural executive committee and the farms located on its territory.

 

 

Information materials on the prevention of viral infections were delivered to the Project partners in the regions of Belarus.

1,400 posters and 9,000 booklets on measures to prevent viral infections, prepared on the basis of materials provided by UNICEF in Belarus, have already been received and distributed in the regions of Belarus among educational institutions — partners of the Project. 600 posters and 6,000 booklets were also distributed for distribution to the Vitebsk branch of the Belarusian Red Cross

 

 

Disinfectants have already been transferred throughout Belarus to all 24 pilot sites for the implementation of the Green Schools educational project .

Disinfectants have already been transferred to 24 pilot sites for the implementation of the Green Schools educational project throughout Belarus. This will help educational institutions make their work safer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. 1300 liters of disinfectants were purchased and transferred to 24 pilot sites for the implementation of the Green Schools educational project as part of the project “»Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources resources and environmental protection of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

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1300 liters of disinfectants have been purchased and are being transferred to 24 pilot sites in the coming days for the implementation of the Green Schools educational project

During a coronavirus pandemic, it is important to provide specific support to educational institutions. 1300 liters of disinfectants have been purchased and are being transferred to 24 pilot sites in the coming days for the implementation of the Green Schools educational project implemented with the support of the project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Levell”, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

In April — May 2020 Grodno State University conducts training free webinars “Environmental Monitoring and the Aarhus Convention” in Belarus.

Online trainings will be held for teachers of educational institutions, representatives of local authorities, institutions of pre-school, general secondary education; non-formal education providers (NGOs, public, private, individual entrepreneurs); private individuals, citizens interested in protecting and protecting the environment; representatives of regional organizations.
Participation in the trainings is free, recording by phone 8 029 783-45-25 Olga Kremleva
or follow the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmtX8iAMkTYOWwMxG5JXtjVvuVJi-0U3x893w5dC6FC67M6w/viewform
Trainings contribute to the formation of a holistic view of the environmental monitoring system, the possibility of assessing and regulating its state, as well as the possibility of applying international and national legal acts regulating public access to environmental information, environmental decision-making, and justice on environmental issues for sustainable development.
Participants will familiarize themselves with the environmental monitoring system in the Republic of Belarus, learn about the practical application of the basics of environmental monitoring, gain new theoretical knowledge on the legal regulation of environmental protection and sustainable development, and will also develop skills in applying the provisions of the Aarhus Convention when exercising the right of access, collection and dissemination of environmental information.
The trainings will be held within the framework of the project “Involving the public in environmental monitoring and improving environmental management at the local level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

Available dates and times for webinars:
10 a.m. — 1 p.m.
April: 2,3,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,30;
May: 5