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ERIC Number: EJ894955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Green Youth of Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine: After-School Naturalist Programs in Post-Soviet Space
Blinnikov, Mikhail S.; Lindsey, Jason Royce
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v19 n3 p207-225 Aug 2010
This paper compares the status of young naturalist after-school programs in three post-Soviet republics: Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. In the past, the region's environmental teachers, leaders and activists have emerged from such youth programs. Thus, the health of these programs is a leading indicator for the long-term viability of broader environmental efforts across the former Soviet Union. However, it is unclear whether the existing international, national or local structures of the post-Soviet republics are adequate for nurturing a new generation of politically active and environmentally aware youth. Although all three countries have many thriving programs with talented staff and good curriculum, one of our main findings is that there is not enough support from existing state structures or from private sector efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of such programs. In addition, we find that many of these programs would benefit from better communication and coordination with one another. However, we also find that there are some new, encouraging organizational models being tried on a limited basis in selected regions. We conclude with a recommendation for further study. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kazakhstan; Russia; Ukraine