Farmak JSC implemented a long-term information and educational project “Eco School”.
As part of the project, students of 8th-11th grades attended an educational course on global theoretical environmental issues and learned how to apply the acquired knowledge in practice. The best projects aimed at addressing the environmental problems of a particular school received mini-grants from Farmak JSC for their implementation. The company involved ‘Let’s do it, Ukraine’ to participate in the project.
The final meeting of the project participants and organizers was held on October 11. The jury consisting of representatives from the education department, the winning schools, Farmak JSC and NGO ‘Let’s do it, Ukraine’ visited the winning schools and saw how the projects were implemented.
At School No. 1, a unique project “Charging Drive” was implemented. Its idea was to create a generating bike that generates energy and charges mobile devices. The charger itself was designed by Nikita Semenov, a 10th grade student, enthusiast of radio engineering. “I was very interested in this project. I decided to design this charger immediately. Currently I work on improving the speed of charging gadgets. There is no similar bicycle in Ukraine”, told Nikita Semenov.
The silver prize winner of the competition was the team of the gymnasium, where fountains with purified drinking water will be installed. “The slogan of our project is: ‘Clean water is guarantee of health’. One should not drink water from rusty pipes. Therefore, we decided to take part in the competition of environmental projects “, said Daria Pechko, leader of the eco-team.
Due to the “Eco School” project, 3 sensor water taps were installed in School No. 11. “In Eco School, we learned to work as one team, listened to each other, received environmental knowledge, plenty of useful information”, – said project participant Yulia Savinova. According to school principal Natalia Grybuk, the use of sensor taps allowed achieving 25% of water savings for one month only. “It is very important for schools, because children often forget to turn the water taps off. Now they are turned on and off automatically”, said Natalia Grybuk.
The education department understands the importance of this project as well. “You have contributed a part of environmental culture, awareness and thinking in your homes, your schools, your town. This is the beginning of a major important venture, the future of which depends on you”, said Liubov Voloshko, Deputy Director of Shostka Education Department.
“The practical benefit of the Eco School project is practical application of acquired knowledge and skills. Important changes begin with everyone. Important changes begin with a great desire. Our desire to live in clean environment is so great that we have made our complex chemical production facilities eco-friendly. Every participant of the “Eco School” project became the agent of changes and the ambassador of environmental culture. We will not stop here. The “Eco School” project will be implemented in other regions of the country”, noted Pavlo Pavlyk, Operations Director of Farmak JSC
We remind that the “Eco School” project was launched in 2018 in Shostka and lasted for 8 months. 11 local schools participated in the project; of them 9 presented their projects during finals. School eco-teams attended trainings, where they learned about the basics of environmental thinking and lifestyle, how to save the planet and spare natural resources, how to prepare an environmental project for their school and thus contribute to preservation of balance on the Earth.
One of the important directions of Farmak`s social strategies has always been the concern for the environment. But now it is especially valuable for Ukraine to raise environmental education among young people. That is why “Farmak” as the leading Ukrainian pharmaceutical manufacturer and socially responsible company launched the first mini-grants project in Ukraine called “Eco-School”. The pilot project took place in Shostka, where the API manufacturing department of JSC “Farmak” is located. In order to proceed with the implementation the company attracted the all-Ukrainian youth movement “Let’s do it, Ukraine”.
The project started in March 2018. 9 local schools participated. Within the framework of the project, ECO activists from 9 schools attended a unique training specially developed within the framework of the “Eco-School” project, where they learned how to use natural resources economically, understood how a person affects the ecosystem and what each of the more than seven billion inhabitants of our planet earth need to do to in order to save the planet. Also, the students were educated on creation of modern businesses without doing harm to the environment. They were taught how to identify a problem in their school and solve it. They were also educated on project management and its importance. As a result, each team developed an environmental project for their school and presented it.
The 3 best grants of the current pilot project have already been established and the process of their implementation has been launched. The work results and reports will be published in September.
A successful start of the “Eco-School” project allows to broadcast it to different parts of Ukraine, attracting followers of the environmentally-enlightening movement, socially responsible business and, most importantly, caring and progressive young people of our country.