Environmental education for Roma schoolchildren

Svitlana Chyryban’s Roma schoolchildren have already visited the Berehovo Community Center “Everybody Can Help” three times. Each time, there are many interesting sports, ecological and educational classes along with Leonid Pokrytyuk and the center’s activists.

On June 30, the children visited the exhibition “Acrobats of the Night” dedicated to bats, which was located in the basement of the Franciscan monks of Duke Bethlen’s manor, and learned about bat research methods and their protection strategy.

On July 5, the center’s activists get acquainted with schoolchildren with the method of nest observation, showed the tools used by ornithologists to study birds, and demonstrated a master class of a birdwatcher.

On June 8, the ecological event “Getting to know owls, research methods and protection strategy” dedicated to the Day of the Nature Reserve Worker was held. During the event, the children got to know the voices of owls, examined the contents of the pellets, took measurements of the owl of Minerva, and examined nesting structures for owls with the help of a telescopic rod on which a camera is attached. Most importantly, they found out why “lost” nestlings cannot be taken home. The participants were presented with feathers of a rare barn owl as a souvenir.

The event was held within the framework of the project “Churches, religious and public organizations for the environmental education of national minorities”, implemented by the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) (head by  Alexander Bokotey) in cooperation with the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ) with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt) project coordinators Ivan Tymofeiev (NABU)Nataliya Kulya (IRCEF).

Informational Service of IRCEF

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