The educational project SPARE has existed in Belarus since 2003, implemented by an environmental NGO. Information on SPARE was picked up by both the Minister of Ecology and a vise Minister of Education at the EfE conference in Belgrade autumn 2007. Both expressed great interest, and since then a common project is developed, and has now got confirmed financing from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP in Belarus. Also the Ministry of Education of Belarus is contributing with financial means in addition to experts and trainings.
Goal of the common project is to adapt SPARE to Belarus conditions, and on basis of this develop an educational program on energy, climate and environment that will be spread to all schools in Belarus. National system of trainings of teachers will be organized. Education on pratical energy saving measures and public information are important parts of the project, and this activity will which mainly be lead by NGOs.
The project is planned for three years, with development and pilot testing of educational materials and trainings during the first year. Pilot regions for this is Minsk and Gomel oblasts. The project will now go through a process for official registration, and will be launched publicly before summer.
Naturvernforbundet also cooperates with the Norwegian organisations TEKNA (organisations for engineers)and Reinertsen (construction company). All three organisations have different approaches to energy efficiency - Naturvernforbundet with education, Tekna with training of engineers within Cleaner Production programme, and Reinertsen with expertice in energy efficiency in existing and new buildings. The three organisations made a common trip to Minsk and Gomel in the end of January 08, with very positive feedback from all we met. Gomel will be established as a pilot oblast where Naturvernforbundet, Tekna and Reinertsen will run joint activities within the energy field.
SPARE has an international website – www.spareworld.org