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The Issues of Environmental Education and Upbringing Development at the Core of the MNP’s Action Plan for 2017

On December 23, were discussed the issues of strategic development of environmental education and upbringing in the context of the Aarhus Convention. The workshop was initiated by the RA Ministry of Nature Protection, with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan.
In his opening remarks Artsvik Minasyan, minister of Nature Protection highlighted the effective cooperation with the OSCE in the field, considering environmental education as the cornerstone of environmental policy. “There is no any isolated activity, which has an impact on the environment, therefor since childhood should be shaped the perceptions and beliefs that will balance a person actions in the future,” marked the minister.
The latter informed that the theme tackled is one of the principle issues of the MNP’s Action Plan for 2017.MP Ruzanna Muradyan considered introduction of ecological thinking in any system equivalent to laws and regulations. She initiated the legislative initiative of the RA law on “Public environmental educating and disciplining”, highlighting the environmental education.

David Sahakyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ministry of the RA considered as a guarantee of success in the field of environmental education the cooperation between the Ministry of Nature Protection and the Ministry of Education as well as with NGOs and international organizations.

According to him, without active citizens, persons without positions is difficult to reach a success, which is a requirement of the Aarhus Convention. Urged do not consider education as only the process of transferring knowledge, as lack of knowledge is more significant in terms of the formation of the above mentioned values.

According to the OSCE Ambassador Argo Avakov the eco-educational issues are highlighted in the OSCE activities. It is not accidental that through the Aarhus Centers the OSCE has undertaken providing appropriate assistance to government and civil society in using resources, environmental protection, and other issues, including the process of ensuring continuous education.

He also cited the speech of the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier made during the meeting held with ACs representatives from 14 countries of the world in Vienna, where the latter highlighted the role of the Aarhus Centers not only in strengthening democratic values, but also in terms of measuring the economic and environmental efficiency and security.

In the workshop have been also discussed the environmental and sustainable development components of national education development programs, the basic principles of environmental education and education development strategy.

Karine Danielyan, head of Department of Ecology and Sustainable Development of the ASPU, Melania Davtyan, head of the additional education and upbringing department of the National Institute of Education, representatives of “Mkhitar Sebastatsi” educational complex “Anania Shirakatsi” Lyceum, Yerevan, School N188 after Gevorg Chaush presented environmental education issues and their achievements in overcoming them.

Mari Chakryan, representative of the Armenian Aarhus Centers team talked about the role of the ACs in the process of environmental education, stressing the importance of environmental education especially in terms of competent use of legal instruments provided to public through the Aarhus Convention.

At the end Matthias Lichtenberger, Economic and Environmental Programme Officer at the OSCE office in Yerevan represented the theater team of the “Puppet” NGO, which with the support of the OSCE has prepared the “Green Syunik” puppet show and made tours through almost all communities of Syunik region, transferring to more than 2000 spectators’ remarkable environmental issues through puppets.

Silva Ayvazyan,
Coordinator of Yerevan Aarhus Center
Editor: Mari Chakryan
Translator: Anush Beybutyan