Stories from the garbage bin

INFOLAB@ – the digital information lab of the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan in Astana, became a landfill site for a few days. Empty plastic bottles, used tetrapacks, old buttons and pearls – those things cannot be found, if you look for them in the trash. All of these, at first sight unnecessary products, are transformed by the Guardians of the Magic River Stream of Energy into decorative objects. They acquire creative thinking, a careful handling and the development of an ecological understanding.

Tatjana Ilchenko, the leader of the Workshop “Gaining useful things from waste” came especially all the way from Almaty to the capital to show the participants of the game “Urban Corners” different types and techniques that can be used to recycle used materials including plastic bags, silk ribbons, toothpicks and dumpsters. It turned out that it was not so difficult to design the warrior wreath shown on the photo: a few creative ideas, the right tools, a little patience, a few hours of time and it turned out to be a pretty decoration for the interior, for doors, walls or ceilings. The workshop leader from Almaty sincerely rejoices that children show interest in the environment, actively participate in various seminars, workshops, eco-actions, make their suggestions for improving the environment and learn to protect the nature. 

On a Guardian Tree, carved from a large piece of cardboard and decorated with flowers, butterflies, leaves made from newspapers, postcards or candy wrappers, usually hang photographs or notes from relatives and friends. Incentive? Yes, and simply wonderful! There are few similar ideas bouncing around in Tatiana Ilchenko`s head, which she would like to share with the participants. The cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan gives her such an opportunity for already two years in succession.

Amina Akmurzina, a student at the Gali Ormanova school № 7 admits, that the game “Urban Corners”, in which she has been already participating for six months, allowed her not only to dive deeper into ecological topics, but also to get to know the city sights better and to visit those parts of the city that had not been her area of interest. Now she is seeing Astana with completely different and enthusiastic eyes, which made her proud of her city. Performing assignments at different stations, she saw that Astana was ready for innovation, an open and friendly city. Taking part in workshops, including Tatyana Ilchenko`s, she realized that most environmental problems happen due to mankind and that preventing them can be made possible, even with a little imagination.

Gamzat Nurgaleyev, the youngest participant of the workshop “Gaining useful things from waste” is only 8 years old and studies at the school no. 27. At first he did not quite understand what is going on in the INFOLAB @, which usually hosts interesting documentaries from Germany or offers to read from books, newspapers or magazines. But then he just took a scissors and cardboard into his hands and started working. Four hours of workshop seemed like minutes for the participants. The result of the workshop? A colorful selfie, which went viral in social media.

The project “Urban Corners”, initiated by the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, is at the final stage, which will last until August 30. The winner will go on a study tour to Germany for 7 days. The results of the game will be published in September 2018.

The Photos under Galerie.
Source: Goethe Institute Kazakhstan

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