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Taking Stock of Energy Marathon 2010

The fourth national contest of school projects dedicated to energy saving and thrift – Energy Marathon 2010 – has drawn to a close. Its final phase took place in Homiel on March 31 – April 1, 2011. The contest organizers were the Department of Energy Efficiency under the State Standardization Committee, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, and the Homiel Region Executive Committee. For the second year in a row, the contest took place with support from the UNDP/GEF Project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus.”

The final phase of the fourth national contest took place on the stage of the Homiel Region Palace of Children’s and Youth’s Arts. The winners of the contest’s regional phases from all the regions of Belarus and the city of Minsk took part in the competition. Within the framework of the contest, projects were presented in three nominations:

- The best teacher to organize classwork on promoting energy saving attitude among schoolchildren;
- The best schoolchildren’s project of hands-on energy saving activities;
- The best creative activity conducted by schoolchildren to campaign for the efficient use of energy resources – a “campaign team.”

In the course of the contest, the best energy conservation projects were selected in a total of six nominations, the best educational establishments that conducted systemic activities in the area of energy- and resource-conservation were announced, alongside the best region of the country that organized activities in the said area. Winners were awarded by organizers with medals, certificates, prizes and presents. The jury’s special prizes went to the creators of unconventional and bright solutions in some nominations.

According to the president of the jury Zhanna Zenkevich, the geographic coverage of Energy Marathon is constantly expanding, the number of participants is growing, and the quality of submitted projects is rising. The contest is becoming popular with schoolchildren and teachers alike, it draws attention from international and community organizations, and receives support from businesses. All of that testifies to the fact that interest towards energy efficiency in Belarus is continually increasing.

In the course of the final phase of the contest, the national workshop entitled “Energy Saving Activities Conducted by Educational Establishments in the Homiel Region: Experience, Innovations, Prospects” took place. During the event, the best creations of teachers and schoolchildren from the educational institutions of Belarus were demonstrated, and new efficient formats of classwork on promoting responsible attitude towards the rational use of energy resources and environmental protection were presented.

Background: the Project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus” is a joint initiative of the Global Environmental Facility, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and the Department of Energy Efficiency under the State Standardization Committee of Belarus. Its implementation costs are covered by a GEF grant in the amount of 1.4 million US dollars. Project duration: January 2007 – December 2011.

For additional information please contact the Project’s Public Relations Specialist Natalia Dolgikh by telephone at +375-29-103-0317, or via email at .

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