Eco-education: EEN Conference in Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan

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Environmental education is one of the three main directions in which Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds builds its activities (education, research and conservation), striving to secure birds, their habitats and the nature on the whole.

This is what let us to share the vision of the Armenian Tree Project, that a key component of environmental governance is education at all levels and spanning through individuals’ lives from pre-school to university and beyond. To support the achievement of such a goal, a group of Environmental Education NGOs and civic initiatives in Armenia, in cooperation with UNICEF and GIZ, have already formed Environmental Education Network (EEN), which is based on voluntary cooperation.

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Armenia Tree Project (ATP) has initiated and implemented a two year project on strengthening civil society organizations’ capacities for advocacy and implementation of environmental education programs. ATP’s “Empowering Environmental Educational Network for Strengthening Environmental Governance in Armenia” project is supported by EU Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of NGOs Project, delivered by UNDP/GEF Small Grant Programme.

The Conference on Results and Achievements of the Project facilitated a discussion on environmental education policies, strategies, curriculum, teaching and learning approaches and models. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Nature Protection, National Institute of Education, local and international organizations, UN agencies, academia, and teachers participated in the Conference on February 17, 2016. The presentations and discussions were aimed at informing the government on incorporating relevant environmental issues into main policies and strategies such as the State Programme of Education Development.

The conference portrayed the strengthened cooperation between the Environmental Educational organizations, relevant ministries and teachers; present the recommendations for improved environmental education policies, strategies and approaches on environmental education towards the goals of the UN Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” in Armenia.

12657375 1027851150619517 4712619828608422236 oDuring the Conference Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds provided a brief but broad overview of activities the organization has performed along its own created and managed educational programs as “Bird of the Year” and “Winter Monitoring”, as well as presented its active participation in various international eco-educational projects, such as “Spring Alive”, “Euro Birdwatch”, “World Migratory Bird Day” and several others.

Our staff member introduced a comprehensive presentation which highlighted the very efficient and unique techniques that our organization has defined to use in order to ensure a sustainable growth in number of participating children and to receive the highest impact through those kinds of projects.

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Frankly, the audience has greatly cheered our team at the end of its performance, so we receive a large number of positive feedbacks, as well as many other attending organizations, which were in some way involved in environmental education, revealed a great desire to cooperate with us and also to share the positive experience of ASPB in order to empower the educational capacity within the whole Environmental Education Network.

Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds would like to extend its gratitude to Armenia Tree Project for invitation to join the Conference.

We believe that our joint efforts will create a wholesome environment for raising an eco-friendly and educated generation in Armenia.

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