image2 30.11.2018

How children are taught to treat waste properly

Attention in Belarus is increasingly given these days to implementation of 'green' projects and miscellaneous environmental initiatives. It is important to encourage changes in the people's attitude to the green lifestyle. A positive sign is the fact that key participants of such activities are school students. They are the ones who will have to live in a situation of exhausted resources of the Earth. The school age is the best period for forming a rational attitude to natural resources and a respect to the environment. Moreover, it cannot be done without proactive adults, educators, who are able to lead the way for children based on their enthusiasm and by their own example.

Svetlana Vereskovskaya is a biology teacher of Družny Secondary School No. 1; she sets a striking example of such a compassionate approach to implementation of green initiatives. The pedagogue's work is based on the peer-to-peer methodology. She uses a teacher's guide to proper waste treatment, which was developed by Ecopartnership NGO. With the help of the guide and activities carried out under the European Union project, Svetlana built an entire game-based system of engaging students into learning the ecological lifestyle: drawing competitions, calendar development, tours of specially equipped grounds for collecting miscellaneous wastes, "My Eco Habits" video contest, and a lot more.

Svetlana Leonovna never forgets to share her experience with her colleagues in Puchavičy District and Minsk Region. She energetically speaks about here both during events held in Družny Secondary School No. 1 and at events held outside of the settlement, where she is a welcome guest. Svetlana also supervises the school's work with 'green' waste that, instead of being sent the dumpster, is carefully collected in containers outfitted with the support from the European Union.

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