Lyceum was opened in 1993, and today is one of the leading educational institutions of the Republic of Buryatia for work with gifted children. Schooling is conducted by author’s designed programs. The school attracts leading professors from all universities in the city. On the base of the Lyceum exist over 10 sport clubs, pop and dance groups, which raised champions of Russia, winners of international competitions, of various sports and creative competitions.
We are from the city of Ulan-Ude, of the Buryat Republic, Russian Federation. The Republic has a unique and diverse flora and fauna. Most of the Buryatia territory is occupied by forests (83% of the area). Medicinal plants have been successfully used in folk and Tibetan medicine. The pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal, and the surrounding area is inhabited by 2,500 different species of animals and fish, 250 of which are endemic. The most famous of the Baikal is omul, a fish of the salmon family and viviparous golomyanka. It is transparent fish without scales and bladder. The symbol of the Baikal is a seal. The mystery of the origin of the freshwater seal in the lake has not yet been solved.
“Lyceum 61,” opened in 1933, is a boarding school in the Republic of Buryatia in Russia. It strives to help gifted students develop their special talents and skills. Today, there are about 220 students aged 12-17 studying at the school.
School and university teachers and tutors work at the Lyceum in order to better suit all the students’ needs and to prepare students for participating in regional, state and international intellectual contests and Olympiads.
The educators use project work to promote research skills among students. The projects include many subjects and provoke critical thinking and deep analysis of the topics. They also give students a chance to express their independent points of view.
Besides regular schoolwork and research projects, the students are greatly involved in social life at the Lyceum and its surrounding community. The school clubs range from journalism and nanotechnologies to dancing, football and chess; and provide any student with new sources of inspiration and energy.
The school has a rich history of collaboration and partnership with schools in Turkey, China and Mongolia. One of the old traditions at the Lyceum is learning Turkish and participating in the international language contests in Istanbul, Turkey every summer.
One of the latest innovations in the curriculum is adapting the Baikal-Box toolkit for English-language lessons. It’s a regional edition created by the leading professors and teachers of pedagogics, philology and environmental sciences about Lake Baikal, “the pearl of Siberia.” While teaching students English, the Baikal-Box toolkit informs them about flora and fauna of the lake, the ecological situation in the region, and measures to protect it.
The lyceum is also known for its camp program at Lake Baikal and its international programs in environmental advocacy, tolerance and peace, which were integrated in the educational process since 2008.
Students in Lyceum 61, Buryatia (a republic of Russia), during the presentation of the GFL project and GFW over Skype on June 9, 2015. The four presenters (Community Commons interns from California) are on the screen. The session included showing how to use GFW, comparing forest change in Buryatia and California, and a tutorial on how to take forest photographs and enter metadata. The Lyceum 61 students had an opportunity to ask questions and discuss local environmental problems. In the end, students from both countries had a great time talking about about school, politics, Hollywood movies, and gathering mushrooms!