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The Tarbagatai community library and its activities in ecological education

Source:  The Tarbagatai community library

Man becomes better
in close communication with nature.

Nature captivates man with its fascination

and keeps clarity, integrity and delicacy of the soul.

In the middle of nature man breathes easier,

thinks broader, feels deeper and loves clearer.

P.N. Kozlov

Ecological education has always been in the centre of attention of our library. We have got a certain experience of this kind.

In recent years there have been a tendency of forming the populations conscience. The community is aware that ecological problems are a global problem of mankind.

The 20th century brought a lot of problems to mankind, among them social diseases (AIDS, drugs addiction, alcoholism). The situation in our region cant leave any normal person indifferent. Some traits which had always been integral in Russia, such as charity, duty, honour and conscience, started being lost among teenagers and young people under the influence of different factors.

Moral and spiritual improvement of Russia is urgent now. Solving these problems depends on ecological thinking of all the people. Thats why it should be an essential part of the 21st century social ideology. But ecological thinking and attitude towards the environment cannot be formed spontaneously.

The readers demands reflect all the changes in life, thats why they have become more serious and purposeful. A great role is played by libraries in solving this important problem.

The Tarbagatai district library has got unique opportunities to give the population access to information resources and plays the priority role in working out ecological conscience.

For many years the district library has been working according to ecological guidelines Ecology. Man. Society. Nowadays it is a well formed and developed system.

In the childhood the basics of everything which will accompany a person throughout his or her life are laid: love for the native land, love for the neighbour, love for nature. Being a real citizen of ones motherland depends on the foundation knowledge.

Thats why we have chosen the gradual work to form ecological thinking from elementary school to advanced knowledge of ecological problems which worry contemporary schoolchildren and young people.

The library uses different forms of its work. In the reading hall there is a thematic complex In Harmony with Nature, in Peace with People.

There are 1,712 books on ecology in the library, 6,608 are given out. There are sections on ecology of Buryatia, ecological nature usage, ecological security, ecology of man, protection of animals and plants, secrets and mysteries encyclopedia, new publications.

Thematic files are being expanded: To See the World Harmony, The Ecology of Russia Problems , Learn to See the Mysteries of the Universe with the Eyes of Your Heart. Card  indices on ecology and ecological law are worked out.

There is a card index of newspaper and magazine articles Ecopress in the library. The library is subscribed to ecological magazines, such as Ecology and Life, Ecology of Man and The Light.

In 1998 a youth ecological club The Clean World was organized initiated by N.V. Khlebodarova, the head of service section. In out opinion, the club is the most efficient form of ecological education and organizing young peoples leisure.

There are customary active members in the club, the main body of it. Our motto is:

Not a single step backwards,

Not a single step on the spot,

But only forwards

And only together.

The objective is to make up a consolidating centre and give teenagers access to ecological culture.

The club activity was directed to ecological education of schoolchildren and the students of professional school # 36. Mostly biology teachers were involved in the work. The club organized ecological activities devoted to nature festivals, studying and improvement of the environment. The club activity solved many teaching and developing tasks: understanding the value of the surrounding world; realizing oneself as a part of it; mans health depending on the nature condition, emotionally positive attitude towards nature, forming the active life position and ecologically correct behaviour in everyday life and outside. In some time the youth ecological club The Clean World got serious support from the specialists of the district and village administrations and the youth affairs committee. Doctors, school and professional school teachers and mass media journalists cooperate with the club.

The Tarbagatai district library is a great information centre. A number of grants were received by the library, supported by the Soros Fund and the Republic of Buryatia Ministry of Culture.

The club leaders acquired a good possibility to make the younger generation closer to information. It is possible to use the database, to get information for self-education. The main thing is that the young people became interested in the environment preservation.

Information centre together with  the members of The Clear World club spreads information on the condition of the environment, it organizes nature protection activities.

The compiled Ecology database contains the following sections: Local Study. The Baikal Region Ecology. The Tarbagatai District Ecology. Man Ecology. Documents, Photo Documents Printed Matter.

The sections contain information on ecological foundations, organizations and institutions in charge of ecological education, information on ecological situation in the district, republic and the world.

The centre also publishes such printed matter as booklets, leaflets, thematic lists, bookmarks etc.

In 2003 The Clear World club headed by S.I. Chebunina and Yu.Yu. Sokolova together with the youth affairs committee represented by A.S. Chebunin and the district clinic represented by T.N. Klimovich worked out and made a sociological research to promote ecological education.

The secondary and professional schools students took part in the poll. The ages were 14-20: 14-16 28.1%; 16-18 34.2%; 18-20 34.2%. 83% of the poll participants are members of different ecological clubs. The question Would you like to be a member of a youth ecological organization? was answered in the positive by 48.2%; 28% answered in the negative, and 23.8% are not sure. 87% of all the poll participants would like to improve their ecological education; 13% do not want it. The question What is your opinion of the place of a library in ecological education of young people? was answered as follows: 34.2% - the leading place; 32.5% - insignificant place; 33.3% - ordinary place.

The question Do you think that ecology problems are urgent nowadays? was answered by 89.9% in the positive; 10.1% do not think them to be important.

The question What does the Red Book mean for you? was answered as follows: 38.8% said that they had never used it; 56% know about it and read it; 5.3% have never seen it.

The question What do you think of the fact that ecology and mans health are inseparable? was answered with quite lengthy statements; 98% agree; 2% doubt it.

The question Which activities do you think would reflect most deeply the environment condition and its unfavourable impact on man? was responded by 48% for video lecturing activity; 28.7% for round tables; 15% for training activities; 10% for shows; 3.7% abstentions.

The question How would you like to take part in nature protection? was responded by 32.7% for protecting, cleaning forests or rivers and convincing others to do the same; 54% for hikes, rallies, excursions; 13.3% are for taking part in all the ecological activities.

The poll analysis showed that the ecological activities had been inefficient very often because of lack of coordination. We made a conclusion that we should look for more efficient forms of ecological education.

Together with all the people and organizations concerned, The Clear World club has worked out an ecological education programme Interrelation of Man and Environment which presupposes combination of both traditional education methods and up-to-date methods. The programme presupposes ecological education to be of the complex structure, i.e. embrace all the spheres and needs participation of education, medicine and culture specialists.

The main objectives:

1.      To unite the efforts of different structures forming young peoples ecological outlook.

2.      To attract the communitys attention to the problems of ecology and ecological education.

3.      To form the system of knowledge on ecology basics, on its rational usage, to work out the standards of ecological behaviour.

4.      To involve teenagers into practical activity.

5.      To collect Ecology information database including information on ecological foundations and organizations.

6.      To work out the plan of joint activities. The participants of the programme are:

Tarbagatai secondary school

The youth affairs, physical culture and sport committee

Professional school # 36

The district clinic

The district library, The Clear World club

The Tarbagataiskaya Niva newspaper editorial board


The guidelines of work:

The district ecological problems

Ecological security

Man ecology


The work forms:

Books and activities presentations

Book exhibitions and reviews

Quizzes and round tables

Trainings and debates

-         discussions and new books reviews

-         lectures and video lecturing. Ecological routes


Information activities:

Editing and publishing booklets, leaflets, thematic lists of literature, bookmarks etc.

Mass media publications

Card indices, expanding files

Making and expanding Ecology database

The programme of activities was various. Many activities were held within the framework of thematic months or weeks.

-         ecology week; ecological dialogues To Live or not to Live, Save Nature and You will Save Yourself

The thematic month called The Land of Taiga, Lakes and Steppes was a great success. Within its framework such activities took place as the auction of knowledge on biology, Lake Baikal Is a Gem of Russia; the readers beneficial presentation Look into the Readers Card; photo exhibition The Alarm of Our Anxiety

-         book exhibition and review presentation From the Chronicle of the Sacred Sea

-         the game The Times Kaleidoscope (about the Baikal)

The round table Along the Ecological Trail was held. It summoned the leading ecology specialists of the village.

*The members of The Clear World club took part in working out a search and creative expedition Along the Ecological Trail where they collected and studied materials on the district ecology and wrote essays.

There were also literature and ecology receptions: We Are in Charge of Everything Living and Variety of Russian Herbs. Music and poetic parties Autumn Symphony and A Field of Flowers revealed the nature beauty and the problems of ecology through art and literature.

The public debate Mans Health Is Natures Health was held in cooperation with the specialists of the youth affairs committee represented by A.Z. Chebunin; the doctor-epidemiologist T.N. Klimovich; the ecology committee representative V.P. Tatarintseva, school vice-principal N.V. Badmayeva.

The global present-day problem is HIV/AIDS. There was an anti-AIDS month in the village. The headquarters was organized including representatives of sanitary service, education board, youth affairs committee and the department of culture. The competition of posters, compositions and poems was held. Hotlines and rooms were open. The month was finished with the conference Against AIDS Together.

The conference was opened with the volunteers anthem. Vice head of the district administration T.D. Yefimova spoke on the problems of drug addiction and AIDS in the Tarbagatai district. The head of youth affairs committee A.Z. Chebunin and the chairwoman of the district Red Cross committee L. Vasilieva awarded the competitions winners. In the information poster nomination the winners were: Marina Guslyakova (Bolshoi Kunalei school); Anya Rezvanova (Kuitun school) and the Childrens rehabilitation centre. The best compositions were written by Lyuba Spiridonova (Tarbagatai school) and Katya Borisova (Kuitun school). The best poems were by Masha Rusina (Verkhni Zhirim school) and Ira Guslyakova (Bolshoi Kunalei school). Under the guidance of the culture department specialist A.V. Dumnova, The Clear World club head S.I. Chebunina and the professional school # 36 teacher G.G. Bezhentseva a performance was staged. Most activities were covered in the local mass media.

Cooperation of culture, education and medicine institutions and village and district administrations are the pledge of success. The programme The relations of Man and Environment was continued in the present-day ecological education programmes.

In 2004 the Tarbagatai district library and The Clear World ecological club supported by the village of Tarbagatai administration, the youth affairs committee and the clinic specialists initiated The Clear World youth society.




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