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Pedagogues from Petrozavodsk visit Finland and Sweden

20 november 2014

November 10-14, a study visit for the pedagogues of Petrozavodsk schools and kindergartens to Finland and Sweden was organized by the Green Economy project. The purpose of the visit was to learn how the schools and pre-schools in Nordic countries tell the children about issues related to sustainable development, how the public utilities companies are interacting with educational institutions and, on a more general note, how the work is organized on resources conservation.

Program on the Finnish territory was prepared by SYKLI, Environmental School of Finland, and included acquaintance with SYKLI activities, it’s programs on sustainable development for educators.

In Lappeenranta the group visited Sammonlahti school to learn the way the students are taught to practice the principles of sustainable development. Teachers visited the classroom where children learned to sort waste, stopped at the school waste sorting station, learned about the project to reduce the amount of food waste that children perform together with their teacher of natural history.

While staying in Tampere the group was offered a visit to the showrooms of Tampere University of Applied Sciences, as well as attended a separate presentation of Ecofellows Ltd, which was organized in the former Tampere hydropower station. Director of Ecofellows Ltd Suvi Holm introduced the company, which specializes in working with the citizens, raising their awareness in the area of resource conservation, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

The agenda in Umeå had been prepared by the Swedish project partner, Centre for competence development. Teachers from Karelia were introduced to the system of cooperation between local schools and the School of Nature - mobile group of trainers in environmental education. On the second day the guests got acquainted with the municipal company Umeva, which is responsible for the disposal of waste and wastewater. Program also included a visit to the waste sorting station and Viva Resurs enterprise, engaged in restoration of old things and their subsequent sale in the store Retur Butiken, as well as a number of works, including carpentry workshops, repair of computers and household appliances, sewing clothes, costumes from used fabrics and much more.