“HOW CAN WE HELP OUR BLACK SEA?” – A CONTEST FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN WAS SUCCESSFULLY HELD IN GEORGIA
- February 09, 2022
At the end of 2021, a contest among schoolchildren was announced in Georgia (read here). It was organized within the EU/UNDP project “European Union for Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea (EU4EMBLAS)” jointly with the National Environmental Agency of Georgia (NEA). School children need to make a presentation about the problems of the Black Sea and propose the Plan for its conservation.
On February 7-8 the contest was successfully finalized.
FEBRUARY 7, BATUMI
On the first day, an online-conference was held on “How can we help our Black Sea?”. Six schools presented their reports, which covered the following topics:
• the most important problems of the Black Sea;
• possible ways to solve the environmental problems of the Black Sea;
• how their school can help solve these problems.
At the end of the conference a special jury selected the winners of the competition:
1st place – Poti school # 4
2nd place – Bobokvati school
3rd place – School # 2, Batumi; and School # 2, Batumi.
The winner was awarded a modern computer, printer, equipment for field research (microscope, binoculars). The project also gave the winner a unique opportunity to create a kid’s monitoring club “Black Sea Watch”.
The winner of 2nd place was awarded a music system to conduct events outside. The winners of 3rd place got per projector. Two remaining schools got per a microscope and a binocular.
All the participants got educational materials (books, posters) prepared in the frame of the EMBLAS project.
FEBRUARY 8, SKHVITORI
On the second day, the contestants had the opportunity to actually help the Black Sea. To do this, the children, together with the organizers and Georgian and Ukrainian scientists, went high into the mountains to release into the mountain stream about 10 thousand fertilized mountain trout (Salmo trutta) eggs. This fish species is very special, as it can migrate to the Black Sea, where from freshwater it becomes marine and turns into Black Sea salmon (in simple terms).
Students from 5 Georgian coastal schools took part in the action.
As part of the same event, specialists from the
National Environmental Agency and Agency of Wildlife held lectures for students on the environmental problems of the Black Sea and trout as endangered species.
Right there, the children were able to see this rare fish themselves, learn more about its behavior and why it is hindered by barriers on the migration path to the Black Sea, and also participate in the fish stocking itself.
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