International Festival of Energy Saving and Ecology brought together hundreds of children on the northern coast of Issyk-Kul

The festival, which took place in August of this year, concluded the thematic shift of #TogetherBrighter held at the Zhetigen international children's camp. From August 14 to 24, over 200 children aged 9 to 16 years received knowledge on climate change, energy conservation, environmental and energy security.

The events were aimed at popularizing the energy-saving lifestyle among the younger generation,  forming an ecological culture, as well as promoting the usage of modern energy-saving technologies.

For those interested in the power engineer profession, a visit to the electric substation of Bosteri village was organized. Young participants of the tour examined electrical equipment with great interest, learned about the importance of such substations in the country's energy system, got acquainted with the exploitation rules, noting the great degree of responsibility of specialists working in the electric power industry.

All participants of the energy shift took part in various contests daily and accumulated points in the form of “Energy Jets”. Many children showed good results and received souvenirs, while the top five were awarded with trips to the School of Young Energy Engineers at the “Smena” All-Russian Children's Center (Russia), which was held from October 20 to November 2, 2019.

“I express my deep gratitude to all our partners involved in the organization of this pilot project! It proved that such educational events are very popular among children and vividly displayed how great their desire is to learn about the environment and make their contribution to saving our planet”, said Kumar Kylychev, consultant for the UNDP-RTF project.

As Kylychev noted, UNDP, together with partners, is working on expanding the project. Next year, such unique sites will operate in other children's camps. Schoolchildren will be taught in different areas of modern activities, will be given the opportunity to participate in practical sessions and laboratory activities, as well as will have the chance to tryout  modern technologies and tools.

The international festival and thematic shifts in the Zhetigen camp were organized jointly by the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and the UNDP in collaboration with the “Reliable Change” Foundation (Russia), the BIOM Environmental Movement and energy companies of the country.