28.12.2008 - RMK presents general education schools with a DVD on forest-related matters 04.10

In the framework of the travelling exhibition “Jälg metsas” (“A footprint in the forest”) that reached Tartu on Friday, 28 November, the State Forest Management Centre (RMK) presented Estonian general education schools with the forest-related DVD “Puu sõbraks” (“Friends with a tree”) with the stories of Hendrik Relve.

According to Hendrik Relve, a well-known nature man, the DVD consists of 21 chapters that have been presented in the environmental show Tasakaal and that describe the trees and bushes growing in Estonia. "It is a great study material for schools and also serves a general educational and entertaining purpose,” Relve added. The DVD has been produced by OÜ Vesilind and will be delivered to a total of 585 general education schools all over Estonia.

At the estimate of Tõnis Lukas, the Minister of Education and Research, the forest-related travelling exhibition and the DVD will be a valuable additional study material for all general education schools. "The fascinating and modern study material helps make lessons more exciting,” Tõnis Lukas added.

Together with the Ministry of Education and Research, RMK has been supplying schools with nature-education related study materials for several years now. “RMK considers the increase in the nature-awareness of school children very important, and the tree stories of Hendrik Relve are perfect for this,” said Marge Rammo, Head of the Nature Preservation Department of RMK. “In the modern, quickly urbanising, world, familiarisation with the most common trees and bushes is not that simple for all children," Marge Rammo added.

In 2007, the book "Väike metsanduskursus" ("A short course in forestry") was published for schools, which was prepared at the request of RMK by Ivar Etverk, professor emeritus of forestry from the University of Life Sciences, to broaden the horizons of students. 6000 books were delivered to schools at that time.

In 2006, schools were given a DVD-format 12-minute study film introducing the circle of life in the forest, which was produced by Unifilm, mainly on the basis of the materials recorded for the series "Osoon".

In 2001, RMK gave the Ministry more than 14 000 handbooks on hiking in nature - “Ränduri aabits” (“A wanderer’s primer”), which reached all Estonian schools; 96 schools were given publications in Russian.

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises forestry works, is engaged in the sale of forest and timber and organises game upkeep. In addition, RMK establishes opportunities for hiking in nature and forest recreation on recreational areas, and shapes awareness of nature. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Additional information:
Marge Rammo
Head of the Nature Preservation Department of Enterprise Estonia
Tel: +372 513 7035
E-mail: marge.rammormk.ee

Hendrik Relve
Telephone +372 5635 9315