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SunChild Eco-clubs established in Armenia
Contribute by sponsoring travel expenses of young eco-filmmakers (see details below)
Recently we had the opportunity to contact Barbara Siebert, a German national who works as an international contact coordinator for the Armenian NGO "Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in Armenia" (FPWC).
Siebert is a journalist working for ARD Television in Germany. Her first encounter with Armenia was when she visited the country as a filmmaker to research for a documentary about Genocide. In 2007 she decided to contribute with her skills to the development of Armenia and started to work voluntarily in FPWC. She provided us with the following information (read below also about the upcoming participation in Ecofilms Festival in Rodos Island in Greece)
The FPWC is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and cultural assets in the National Parks and Forest Reserves of Armenia and surrounding regions. The foundation promotes public awareness of wildlife conservation and preservation of cultural assets, ecotourism and environmental education for the public and local communities. Founded in 2001, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, FPWC, has been working with professional ecologists, biologists, tourism and community development specialists, journalists and cinematographers to implement different environmental projects.
Since 2006 FPWC implements the environmental education program "Following the Sun" in Armenia. The project aims to raise children's awareness for environmental issues, as well as, to teach them to perceive nature with a caring attitude.
In order to achieve this objective FPWC established SunChild Eco-clubs in different regions (Garni, Diljan, Guymri and Urtsadzor). Through this working structure FPWC offers an independent youth work focused on environmental issues.
The huge photo and video archive created by FPWC in the past years, is a most valuable teaching aid which is used in the environmental education program. But the basic idea of the project is to raise children's awareness for environment by the practical use of photo and film cameras. Supervised by specialists of the FPWC the children not only learn to compose photos with wildlife and nature motives but shoot their own films.
Already in the short time of its existence the environmental education program in the SunChild Eco-clubs displayed excellent results. The films which were created by the young members of the SunChild Eco-clubs were screened in Armenia and abroad. By now the children's films are invited to be presented in the respective competitive program sections of environmental film festivals in Bosnia, Italy, Greece, Finland and Estonia.
Additional to the children's films FPWC compiled an exhibition which displayed the best results of the SunChild Eco-clubs' photo courses. In January 2008 this exhibition was shown at the "Center for Art and Media" (ZKM) in Karlsruhe/ Germany one of the most renowned museums for media in the world. The exhibition took place under the auspices of the Armenian Honorary Consul to Baden-Wuertemberg Mr. G. Pilarsky.
The FPWC environmental education pilot program was implemented between September 2006 and October 2008 in cooperation with: VivaCell Company, Naregatsi Art Institute, Birds of Armenia Project of American University of Armenia, GTZ, Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA) and Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development. In Germany FPWC is an association with tax redemption under the name FPWC Deutschland e.V.
Sponsoring travel expenses of members of Eco-clubs participating in environmental festivals:
Currently FPWC is looking for sponsors who might be ready to take over the travel expenses for some young members of the SunChild Eco-clubs, whose films were selected for the programs of different environmental film festivals worldwide.
In general the festivals offer free accommodation for the filmmakers but they are mostly not able to refund flight tickets.
For example the Eco-clubs young filmmakers are invited to the Rodos International Film and Visual Arts Festival (Ecofilms Rodos, Website: http://www.ecofilms.gr/), 24-29 June 2008, in Rodos Island, Greece. Given that for the Armenian children and youths it would be a wonderful experience to present their films abroad, FPWC tries to find donors who might be ready to cover the travel expenses. Surely the participation of young Armenians in such an event would be an excellent possibility to raise the international awareness for the natural and cultural treasures of Armenia (Note: We are informed that the Armenian Community in Thessaloniki has already agreed to cover the travel expenses of the participant in Ecofilms).
For additional information please contact:
International Contacts Coordinator
SunChild Regional Environmental Festival
Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in the Republic of Armenia
SunChild Eco-clubs Network
SunChild Eco-clubs provides environmental education program for children of 6-10th grades. Read here the report about the program that will be implemented in 2008-2010.
The Director of the Armenian FPWC in Dubai
The director of the Armenian FPWC Ruben Khachatryan is planning to visit Dubai in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to meet him in order to know more about the work of the Foundation in Armenia and to develop possible ideas for cooperation. Those who are interested to meet him could contact Azad-Hye here.
Photos from the activities of FPWC