ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Arctic Studies course for schools was developed by the Russian Arctic National Park together with specialists from the Arhangelsk region’s Education Ministry and the teaching community of the region. Didactic materials for teachers, a program for grades 1-4 are ready. The materials for grades 5-8 and for preschoolers are in work.
“Arctic studies is a whole educational course in which children can learn about the nature, history, geography and biology of their region. This does not replace school courses, it complements and expands them”, TASS quotes Alexander Kirilov, the park director.
According to him, the course of arctic studies is prepared in such a way that it will be interesting for schoolchildren from different regions. The Arctic occupies a significant part of the territory of Russia, and knowledge about it, as the national park director noted, leaves much to be desired.
Course materials are also planned to be translated into English, French and German in order to be used as thematic blocks in foreign language lessons, so that the children could also competently tell the international community about the Arctic.
“For example, we say that the most plastic substance in the Arctic is ice. We show how the ice bends around various objects, this arouses interest among the children and stimulates educational activities. The most important goal in Arctic studies is the practical orientation of the knowledge that children will receive during their studies”, said Kirilov.
It should be noted that the Russian Arctic National Park is the northernmost and largest specially protected natural area in Russia. It includes the Franz Josef Land archipelago and the northern part of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.
Earlier, This Is Taimyr told that in the Arctic, grass is replacing reindeer moss, and off-seasons are getting longer. ‘Silver’ volunteers are going to be involved in the Clean Arctic project to clean the Arctic territories of Russia from waste accumulated over many decades.
Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Northern City MC