NETESDA Russian Field School 2012 project concludes
Tue, Jul 31, 2012
Eleven Canadian students traveled in Russia and Komi over 30 days, concluding on June 30, 2012.
Each day was full of impressions and new knowledge about the country,
its people and way of life. Michel Bouchard,
UNBC Professor and
Canadian Field School Coordinator and Olga Alekseevich, NETESDA leader and Russian Field School
Coordinator are happy to say that the school definitely was a success.
Students liked small Komi villages in the region of Ust- Tsilma and the
tundra with its Nenets, Khanty and Komi reindeer herders, who live in
The network activities continue. On July 10, 2012 the NETESDA local work group (representatives of local universities and ministries) gathered to talk over opportunities for future development. The solution was to organize together “ Eco-days,” aimed to improve ecological knowledge among students and teachers. As it is planned, the eco-days will include ecological film festival, exhibitions, master-classes and workshops. “We will try to make these eco-days international. We are planning to invite some international partner institutions to participate. I think we all have a lot to share. The UArctic magazine is called “Shared Voices ”. That’s what we need now. We need to share our voices. We need to share our minds. We need to share our knowledge. And threats, too. That’s the main goal of “Eco-days”, says Olga Alekseevich, NETESDA leader.
“Eco-days” will be held in October 2012. All preparatory work will start in the end of August. Two creative environmental contests will take place in September as well. The contests will make the students think over the problem and get ready for further NETESDA events.
Video clip from NETESDA Field School