• The concept of “mobile educational trunk” is applied targeted at ecoclubs and in-service teachers. Number of education programs, supportive materials and specific curricula are integrated into the box.
• The summer events e.g. experience sharing and activity reporting is being annually organized among the eco-club members.
• Moreover, the best eco-clubs are annually selected and awarded with titles in order to stimulate the eco-club members, encourage their individual creativeness and motivations in the environmental conservation efforts, develop their talents and skills, and ensure effective cooperation among the club members.
• Regarded that small business engagement is an important tool to motivate school children to be interacted in the society and to learn about a basis of sustainable development, where the economic development and nature conservation are equally addressed, the trainings on how to engage in small business operations, how to successfully forward their businesses, and how to establish funding sources for their operational continuity are organized for school children at the schools and their small project proposals that are developed based on what they have learned from trainings are accepted and supported.
• Developed specially designed set handbook for eco clubs.
• Awareness raising materials e.g. books and brochures on specific characteristics of local areas, rare and endangered wildlife species and their importance and values are newly designed and published for children and youths.
WWF’s work in the Altai-Sayan Eco-Region
WWF-Mongolia has established 16 Children’s Eco-Clubs to increase children’s awareness on sustainable development issues and promote their participation in nature conservation. The Eco-Clubs are managed by volunteers with support from facilitators who are either natural science teachers or social workers. Each Eco-Club has 25 members on average, aged between 12 to 15 years old.
At the beginning of an academic year, members and facilitators of each Eco-Club come together to develop their annual work plan. The activities focus more on connecting young people with the natural environment and understanding ecological processes. Each year, the best Eco-Clubs are selected based on their environmental conservation efforts. Eco-Club members are encouraged with developing their individual creativeness, talents and skills as well as ensuring effective teamwork among Eco-Club members. Overall participation is increasing and children started to act as agents for change reaching wider target audiences, from peers to decision makers.
Anti trap campaign
Another stunning example is that a mass poaching case of endangered Saiga antelope was detected thanks to the initial information that had come from a club member couple of years ago. The anti-trap campaign is initiated by children’s clubs of Mankhan and Chandmani soums in June 2015 and yielded significant results that saved lives of snow leopards in the Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain. The camera traps placed in these mountains detected three snow leopard individuals with trapped legs. In order to address this new threat, WWF-Mongolia educated children to make them aware of such threat and sought their collaboration in influencing their parents that potentially keep traps in their homes. Over 200 children have gathered from the families residing in the vicinities of Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain and they developed a brilliant idea to collect the traps. Six-week long awareness raising campaign, led by children’s clubs to carry out a barter sale of traps with household utensils resulted in collecting 234 traps out of 500 estimated. Traps were dismantled and an artwork was crea ted in the centre of Khovd city. The children further organized a provincial mini-Parliament and issued a decision to ban the use of traps for animals within the province. The provincial Parliament is yet to decide whether or not to endorse this decision. Moreover, children wrote a letter to the Minister for Environment with a specific request to roll up the initiative at national level. The Minister acknowledged the success of the campaign, however it needs certainly to be followed up to yield results.