Arctic College in Chersky and Education for Young Reindeer Herders in Yakutia

January 19, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaEALLU, ICR/WRH

abdc43b5-2786-4273-973a-932914e4ab40Arctic College of the Peoples of the North, which is located in Chersky, Nizhnekolymsky district, continues it’s fruitful work both with reindeer herders and students from reindeer herding families. Only less than a month ago young reindeer herders who are also second-year students at the College had interesting workshops and classes with the main zootechnician at the Turvaurgin Obshchina (nomadic community) and skillful reindeer herder – Petr Kaurgin. They not only disscussed main issues of their Obshchinas and ways how to be a better reindeer herder, they also had a trip with teachers to the winter pastures where they were working with reindeer.

Arctic College of the Peoples of the North had become one of the 100 best colleges in Russian Federation in 2015, when director of the College Elena Antipina got “The Director of the Year 2015”. The College is very unique in terms of its efficient work with young reindeer herders, the College’s crew also takes very good care of students, especially reindeer herders. This is why it is of a great importance to develop other branches of this College in other reindeer herding districts of Sakha Republic, as well as in other regions of Russia. As an example – new branch of the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North was established in Topolinoe, Tomponsky district, in 2015.

In November 2015 the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry visited Arctic College in Chersky and organized EALLU workshop and seminar. We have pictures from that great experience on our Facebook page, an article about that you can find here. WRH and ICR are looking forward for further cooperation with the Arctic College and wishes all the best in its great work in preserving traditional reindeer husbandry and educating young reindeer herders!!!

Here are few pictures from students’ work with Petr Kaurgin.

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