WWF Kids Clubs in Altai welcome newcomers
Rubicon Kids Club of WWF based in Katunskyi Nature Reserve in Republic of Altai is the leader of WWF kids’ movement in the region. Starting from an ordinary group of children interested in ecology and nature conservation the Rubicon Club has turned into a real force for WWF support. Besides taking regular lessons on biology and ecology the Club members work with the villagers and local authorities through holding public events, working with media, having practical outputs tree planted or rubbish removed.
In 2011 the decision was made to strengthen WWF Kids Club movement and involve six more schools of Ust – Koksinskyi Region into nature conservation. The teachers workshop held by the staff of Katunskyi Nature Reserve in February was fruitful and effective. The interviews to gain input on important approaches for the teachers failed completely because the women ticked every question as “very important”. Village school teachers in remote areas of Altai are hungry for information, new ideas and support. WWF Kids Clubs movement program and approach with focus on snow leopard and argali conservation is an innovative way attractive for teachers.
Recent WWF events such Earth Hour or future Snow Leopard festival help define the leaders among new Clubs. The results of all WWF Kids Clubs activities will be summed up in December.