The seminar was organized in the secondary school №11 (Director I. Barkanova), where, since 2012, training on energy efficiency has been conducted with the use of teaching materials developed by the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia."
Representatives of the authorities, educational institutions of the Novgorod region, and schools which are interested in introducing issues on energy efficiency and energy savings into the educational process, participated in the seminar. It was organized with the support of the Eurasian Interregional Association of assistance to develop small and medium-sized businesses and social programs: "New prospects."
The seminar was broadcast to all of Russia over the Internet. Teachers from the pilot regions of the Project and school teachers from Moscow, North Ossetia, the Republic of Karelia, Yugra, and other Russian cities, attended the seminar.
Project Manager Vitaly Bekker made a welcoming remark. He noted the great contribution of teachers in the implementation of teaching materials, developed by the Project, and wished them success in their future educational work.
The representatives of the Project, Chief Technical Advisor on the implementation of educational components, A. Moskalyov, and the Project Coordinator in the Pskov region, P. Murav'ev, presented their reports, "Educational component of the UNDP-GEF Project Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia" and "Practical issues on energy conservation for students of primary and secondary schools." In his speech, A. Moskalyov summed up the experience of teaching energy efficiency in schools in the North-West of Russia, spoke with the participants about the possibilities of Interregional Centre for professional training and retraining for energy efficiency, created with the support of the Project, and invited the participants to take part in the training program, "Implementation methods of educational activity," on the theme "Energy savings and energy efficiency of buildings," in secondary schools and colleges.
A film was shown to the audience about the educational component of the Project.
The seminar conducted an open class for the 9th grade's students, "Main directions of using energy in everyday life," where the students themselves determined the choice of energy efficient equipment in the house and calculated an expected reduction of CO2 emissions in accordance with the energy efficiency class. At the end of the class, a funny testing was held for the activity of each student in terms of energy savings. The workshop participants also attended the class. During the analysis of the lesson, the participants of the seminar expressed gratitude to the teacher, Anna Mikhailova, for a very interesting and methodologically well-conducted lesson.
Educational materials, developed and published by the Project, for teaching in general and high school, information and methodological materials for conducting advisory on the theme, "Fundamentals of energy saving," in 5th-10th grades, and teaching materials, "Fundamentals of sustainable energy use," (grades 8-10) (developers – N. Solodova and M. Vasilyeva) were presented to the participants of the seminar.
During the round table, "Education in energy efficiency: results, problems, prospects" (moderator – Project Consultant, N. Solodova), the participants discussed the issues of training on energy savings and energy efficiency faced by teachers in general and secondary schools, and the problems and prospects of training in this area.
The representatives of educational institutions noted the important role of the Project in providing teachers with modern and relevant teaching materials and recommendations for conducting lessons on energy saving. The roundtable participants addressed leadership of the Project with the request to ensure them with the developed teaching materials to enhance quality of teaching in schools on issues in energy savings and environmental protection. They also expressed their desire to establish educational centers on the basis of the branches in the Interregional Centre for professional training and retraining for energy efficiency, where teachers can receive help from experts and modern literature for teaching students on energy savings.
The participants of the seminar expressed gratitude to the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia," for the relevant and well-organized seminar.