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Eco-educational festival will take place in remote villages of Kamchatka
03 january 2020
The second mobile environmental and educational festival 'Save Kamchatka Nature', organized with the help from WWF-Russia, will be held on the peninsula this spring.
The organizers of the traveling festival decided to significantly expand the geography of their trips compared to previous trips in 2017. According to their plan, in addition to the settlements of Milkovsky, Ust-Bolsheretsky, Ust-Kamchatsky and Bystrinsky districts of Kamchatka, in 2020 they plan to visit Palana, Tigil and Voyampolka.
“We purposefully strive to focus on small and remote villages. There is no middle and high school, only primary classes in some of them,” said Elena Krasilnikova, the inspirer and direct organizer of the trip.
The festival organizers plan to involve in master classes, quizzes and conversations not only pupils of the first four grades. They prepare activities for students of all grades, from elementary to high school. However, not only representatives of the younger generation, but also adults will become participants in the conversations. Classes for grown-ups will be held in the libraries of the villages, and even in one of the military units of the peninsula.
“In remote villages, which we have already been able to visit in the past years both within the framework of the environmental education festival, and as part of the events that we held even earlier, our visits are important, even long-awaited events. We have long since realized that one-time visits do not give the desired result. And it is necessary to explain the importance of nature conservation on regular time basis: sometimes - by repeating, more often - taking the conversation to a new level. Where there is a lot of this “wild nature”, it is difficult for an adult to answer the question “Why keep it?”. The child stumbles over it even easier. We face the necessity of explaining the common truths again and again. Environmental consciousness is not born on its own,” says Elena Krasilnikova.
The dates of meetings at schools in remote villages are not set yet. Approximately eco-educational trips will take place between mid-February and the end of May. The main task, as the organizers say, at this stage is to recruit a good team. As in previous years, employees of protected areas, public organizations and volunteers, including students from higher educational institutions of the Kamchatka krai, will go on a trip this year.