«Connect» V.XX, N3, pp.58-59, Sept. 1995.
Doing it & Telling it
School children as EE teachers for pre-school age children
A private EE centre (Laboratory for Optimization of Nature Exploitation
– LONE) and public kindergartens at Pushchino in the Moscow
Pre-school age children (3-6), school children (9-15), kindergarten
In the face of serious environmental problems such as pollution, soil
degradation, waste disposal etc., as well as the low level of public
awareness of such problems, Dr.Konstantin Aslanidi, biophysics from the
Pushchino Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences set up the LONE to
process and implement some realistic low-cost projects in formal and
non-formal EE based on the IEEP objectives.
- To stimulate active participation of pre-school and school age
children for the protection and preservation of their local
- To help kindergarten teachers integrate EE in their everyday
- To promote the study of EE materials by students and teachers.
Grants from the Government Science and Engineering Program
«Ecology of Russia» (1992) and the Federal Program
«Russia's Ecological Safety» (1993-94) as well as resources
from the LONE.
In the initial phase of the project several manuals for the kindergarten
teachers were produced by scientists. Children who previously
participated in LONE projects were acquainted thoroughly with the
special kindergarten conditions. In the second phase training was
provided to all kindergarten teachers who volunteered to participate in
the project as well as for 20 school children selected during practical
courses, lectures and seminars. In the third phase, under the guidance
of the teachers and scientists, the school children devised their own
local EE activities for the specific categories: 1. The LONE guide:
lessons, games and practical activities for a kindergarten children's
group accompanied by a teacher; 2. The night kindergarten: lessons,
games and practical activities for 1-3 hours in the evening for 1-3
kindergarten children accompanied by their parents; and 3. The
kindergarten helper: a month of daily work in summer for a specific
Leading experts in EE from Russia, U.K. and U.S.A. who visited the
Pushchino center acknowledged the efficiency of the innovation of this
The project helped all participants acquire useful knowledge, skills and
experience in solving environmental and social problems as well as
motivation to get further information on EE. It was special noticed that
emotive interactions between the participants of different age-groups
helped create a cheerful and unstrained atmosphere in which all the
resources of the environment were effectively used to teach and nurse
Dr. Tatiana Potapova, The A.N. Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical
Biology, Moscow State University, Moscow 119899, Russia.
Fax: (095) 939-31-81.