Year-round greenhouses will be installed in 20 educational institutions of the capital as part of the Green School project, Delovoy Kazakhstan reports.
The first of them was opened at school No. 87 named after Abai Kunanbaev, the official website of the Nur-Sultan Akimat reports.
The Green School project is aimed at developing eco-education and respect for nature. It has successfully established itself in 16 Almaty schools, where the project participants harvested a total weight of 1.26 tons over the past academic year. Schoolchildren from the capital will join the initiative in the new academic year.
According to teachers, practical lessons complement the school curriculum, add variety and are better absorbed. In addition to the construction of the greenhouses themselves, the invited experts developed methodological manuals for schoolchildren and teachers. Compliance with the recommendations is monitored by experienced agronomists who have become project coordinators.
Gulmira Karimova, Chairman of the Committee for Preschool and Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, noted that such an important project in terms of environmental education in the capital is being implemented for the first time.
Deputy Mayor of Nur-Sultan Eset Baiken thanked the organizers and stressed that in the future the school project will allow the children to become professional specialists in the field of agriculture.
“We firmly believe that everything starts with quality education. Children are the most grateful students, so we decided to install modern greenhouses in 16 secondary schools in Almaty, this year they will be installed in 20 educational institutions of Nur-Sultan, and in 2023 in 20 educational institutions of Shymkent. Under the supervision of experienced agronomists, schoolchildren will grow vegetables and berries all year round. Practical classes in the greenhouse will encourage further study of the world around us,” said Almaz Sharman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bulat Utemuratov Foundation.
Agronomist Pavel Kavunov told reporters about the construction of the greenhouse.
“The greenhouse is typical, made of metal structures, covered with double polycarbonate. Between it there is an air gap, there is a warm floor, radiators, a heating system has been established. Above are ultraviolet heaters. Our experts say that the greenhouse will fully withstand local climatic conditions. Here you can grow any crops, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers have already been planted. Children see firsthand how different cultures grow. They will water, pull weeds, take care of the plants, feed and fertilize the plants,” he explained.
The young participants of the project also spoke about the practical benefits of working in a greenhouse.
“This is a great honor for our school. We will plant vegetables, fruits, plants. We are glad that one of the 20 greenhouses has opened in our school. Environmental issues are of concern to many children and adolescents. I study biology with interest, I urge everyone to protect nature and take care of their native land,” says schoolgirl Aiganym Maksutkhanova.