Ukrainian Schools to Receive 200 Composters for the Processing of Organic Waste – to Develop Environmental Literacy and Responsible Consumption Habits Among Students



Ukrainian Industrial Portal, by Maxim Ovcharenko,
Published on April 11, 2018

The 10 April, the Ministry of Natural Resources together with the Ministry of Education and Science began collecting applications from Ukrainian schools to participate in the environmental and educational project “Compola”.

In the 200 institutions, which will be selected according to the results of the competition, will install compost for the processing of food waste. It is well suited for the disposal of food residues and other by-products of school dining rooms. InformsNational Industrial Portal, referring to the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

The main objective of the project is to provide additional impetus and resources to Ukrainian schools for the development of environmental literacy among students, to help students acquire practical skills, rather than purely theoretical information about responsible consumption.

Schools will be selected only by two criteria: the motivation to be demonstrated in the creative task and compliance with the technical requirements.

All schools participating in the project will have a workshop and receive composting information.

The project “Compol” itself was initiated by Kyiv students Nikita Shulga and Sophia-Christina Borisyuk. After that, the idea was supported by the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak and the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Grinevich. Now the project has been successfully implemented at 32 educational institutions in different parts of Ukraine.

Organic waste still accounts for a significant percentage of Ukrainian landfills. The system of their conversion into organic fertilizers – compost has been operating in the world for a long time and effectively. This is an affordable and low-cost mechanism. It would be correct if the composters were installed in all schools and turned waste dishes into organic waste, – notes Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak.

In his opinion, this could be an important step towards the global introduction of a sustainable consumption pattern for Ukrainians.

The education of a generation of Ukrainians with a high level of environmental consciousness should begin with childhood. For this purpose, we combined the efforts of the two ministries and supported the idea of talented schoolmates Nikita Shulga and Sophia-Christina Borisuk. Such children are our future, with which we will be able to turn Ukraine into an environmentally friendly country, “explained Ostap Semerak.

Minister of Education and Science Lilia Grinevich claims that the “Compola” project is ideally suited for the development of environmental literacy among schoolchildren, as envisaged by the reform of the “New Ukrainian School”.

One of the key competencies of 10 to be mastered by a graduate of a new school is “environmental literacy and healthy life”. Now the school does not give our children such knowledge and skills. Instead, we build children with unnecessary theoretical information that does not create any competitive advantages for them in the modern world. At the same time, the institution in which the podstop is installed can show the benefits and opportunities of an environmentally responsible lifestyle. It also provides an additional resource for the study of biology and other natural sciences, – said Lilia Grinevich.

The key criterion for selecting 200 participating schools is their compliance with the project’s technical requirements. In particular, it is important to:

  • the presence of a shaded area, directly on the open ground, on a fenced area where it would be possible to install a compost;
  • presence of a site on which the compost will be located and which must be at least 2 m from the walls of the adjoining buildings;
  • The dining room should produce food waste in the total volume of 10-20 liters per day (two full buckets) (approximate density of food waste – 370 kg / m3).

Among them should be:

  • cleaning of raw vegetables and fruits;
  • shell of raw eggs;
  • tea brewing;
  • balances of cereals or cereals without the addition of oil.
  • the institution should be able to collect leaves for the opson cleavage.

The application will run until 24 April 2018 year. Announcement of the winners will be held in early May 2018 year. The project will be implemented at international funds and supported by the NGO “Ukraine without garbage”.

To participate, the institution must fill out a Google-form forLink.

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