Let's do it with Ferda in Estonian Schools

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location OTHER COUNTRY Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009

Topic of the practice

Waste prevention - to spread the educational environment programme for children,to raise awareness about waste reduction and to change consumer behaviour

Good Practice Information

"Let's do it with Ferda" is a pilot project inside the environment education programme of waste reduction for pupils at basic level. As such, the educational book "Ferda Reduces Waste" has
been created for pupils and teachers.The first action took place on 24 Nov. 2009 during the international campaign European Week for Waste Reduction in Pärnu Kuninga Basic School, where 2-hours lectures were held, along with some practical games about how to avoid and reduce waste at home and at school.specialists from the educational department of the Environmental Board.
All Estonian schools and kindergartens can book the course and ask for a specialist’s contribution at the school (free of charge).The course is either 1 hour or 2 hours 45 minutes long. For the younger
students, the mascot Ferda or a glove puppet is used;materials and tool kits are distributed to teachers and children for further use. In some regions, partners (e.g. youth centres) contribute with additional games or competitions
The educational course (which has one theory side and another practical) has been prepared by specialist from the educational department of the Environmental Board.In 2010: €21 090 were given by the EIC for the “Waste Reduction campaign for general education schools”. This financed 3000 board games and booklets in Estonian, 2000 board games and booklets in Russian, mascot clothes and glove puppets (18 units/specialist, costing circa €1 700).Fifteen educational specialists are working with the Environmental Board's Environment Education Department in different regions of Estonia. The funding for the specialists is covered by the Environmental Board’s budget.

Evidence of success

The project has general positive impacts such as the increase of awareness about waste reduction.
Youngsters learn to avoid over-consuming, and to make smart decisions when buying. They pass
their knowledge on to parents and other adults which, in a way, is more effective than direct campaigns to adults.Children are more flexible and active in organizing flea markets, collections of different used things etc..At the first stage the action took place at the Pärnu Kuninga Basic School where 50 pupils and teachers participated.At the second stage, the project was implemented all over Estonia.In 2010, more than 600 pupils participated in action during the EWWR. Overall all-year participation in the programme is approximately 500 pupils (excluding the EWWR). A total of 1500 pupils coming from 35 schools from 15 counties have received courses.61 programmes have been successfully presented in schools

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Merle Kiviselg

Estonian Environmental Board


Annex completed on: 04-11-2012

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