Kyrgyz Schoolchildren Participate in Energy Efficiency Competition

July 13, 2018 Bishkek.

The United Nations Development Program, through UNDP-RTF regional project “Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union”, supported the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic in conducting an essay and drawing competition among students of 11 pilot schools on energy, energy efficiency and modern energy saving technologies. The winners will go to the Educational Children’s Center “Smena” on the Black Sea in October 2018 with the support of UNDP-RTF regional project and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.

The competition is held within the framework of cooperation between UNDP-RTF regional project and the “Biom” environmental movement that work in 11 pilot schools to develop mechanisms for financing the safety of the educational environment in the Kyrgyz Republic. For both projects, one of the activities is the creation and maintenance of energy efficiency in the school educational environment.

“In 2019 a republican competition on energy efficiency will be held within the framework of the international festival #TogetherBrighter launched in 2016 in 67 regions and in more than 100 major cities of the Russian Federation. The main component of the festival is a social campaign to promote an energy saving lifestyle. Thematic lessons and energy saving weeks, quizzes, essay competitions for schoolchildren and young people, meetings of power engineers with students are held in schools and kindergartens. We plan to join this festival”, - says Nadira Dzhusupbekova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Climate change leads to global warming, which, in turn, causes climatic disasters such as droughts, and hurricanes, floods and heavy rains, abnormally hot summers. Natural phenomena in almost all corners of the world are breaking all records. Natural disasters in their turn have negative economic consequences. And every year the damage caused by natural disasters, increases.

“One of the measures to mitigate climate change is behavior change with regard to energy consumption, and this is the most effective to start from childhood. Such contests stimulate children to learn more about energy efficiency and alternative energy sources”, - emphasizes Elena Rodina, a leading expert of UNDP-RTF regional project, about the competition.