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06 June 2016

On Environment Day, Vinnytsia Youth Planted Flowers, Played Charades and Aimed for Sustainable Development Goals

On June 5, to mark the occasion of the World Environment Day, psychology students at the Faculty of Language Studies of the Donetsk National University organized and conducted the “Eco-Style” Quest in Vinnitsa’s Central City Park. The purpose of the quest was to familiarize the community with the challenges of sustainable development.

Participants of the quest formed five teams: "Bentos", "Winnie-the-Poohs", "Pirates of the Donetsk Sea", "Nikita", and "Richword". In total, 30 people of all ages attended the quest. Participants were from different universities and educational institutions of Vinnitsa. Students of the Language Studies and Law Faculties of the Donetsk National University took active part in the event.

All tasks of the quest were built so that the participants could learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants had to pass nine stations, each station reflecting a specific SDG. Among them were: "No poverty", "End hunger and achieve improved nutrition", "Ensure healthy lives", "Ensure quality education", "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water", "Combating climate change and its impacts", "Conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources", "Protection and restoration of ecosystems", and "Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies".

Participants performed different tasks relevant to the stations, including planting plants, solving puzzles, looking for answers to questions and many more.

After the quest, participants had many impressions, which they gladly shared with the organizers:
"Many thanks to the quest organizers! We received a lot of positive emotions, worked as one team of friends and had fun just before our school exams! It was very interesting to solve different riddles, look for stations and perform tasks. I think the most fun parts were planting flowers (we tried hard and the whole team contributed) and answering the charade-type questions. 
Anastasia Moroz, 1st year student, psychology major, DonNU
"We liked planting the flowerbed, and we felt that we did not just complete a task but actually contributed to nature, to our own lives."
Team "Winnie-the-Poohs" 
"Big thanks to the organizers of the event  “Eco-Style” which left a good mood and positive emotions while demonstrating the environmental problems of mankind. The challenges gave us new experiences and inspired a sense of unity among our team members. The volunteers at every stage of the race told each team about environmental problems closely related to people’s lives. Once again a big thank you for the unforgettable experience”.
Vitaliy Pustovyi, member of team "Bentos", 2nd year student, psychology major, DonNU. 

"In the Eco-quest we solved a crossword puzzle, played charades, drew pictures, looked for hidden clues in a book, took selfies with Leontovyich, cleaned garbage and planted flowers. As real scholars of the humanities, we coped with everything because diversity is our thing! :) A well-deserved (I believe so) victory followed, because we were running and performing tasks with fire in our eyes and with a sense of competition :) In general, it was very cool, and our team would just be happy to win again!"
Mykhailo Fedoros, member of Team "Bentos"

The following partners and sponsors contributed to the event: coffee house “MR JG”, Fresh Line Burger, Donetsk National University’s Department of Psychology (DoP), Academy of Leaders - a project of the DoP’s Educational Lab, Vinnytsia Regional Organization of People with Special Needs “Impulse”, School of Foreign Languages ​Richword. Partners provided volunteers for the quest and donated prizes to all participants.


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