Eastern Europe

Two more successes in Russia and Ukraine

As part of our project "Saving animals with computers", in cooperation with InterNICHE, we equipped two further facilities with animal-free teaching materials. 

Kaliningrad, Russia

Elena Komarova was a university teacher and our contact person at the Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University, Ukraine. With her help, the Institute of Zoology, Physiology and Human Hygiene switched to animal-free teaching methods in 2016. In 2018, she moved to Kaliningrad, Russia, and immediately began to promote humane education at her new workplace, the Municipal Budgetary Educational Institution, Secondary School No. 1 (“School of the Future”). 

The “School of the Future” is a unique facility, accommodating pupils from different social classes. The school is technically well equipped, it follows advanced pedagogical concepts and is 100% humane towards people, animals and nature.

Nevertheless, we decided to sign a contract with the school and to equip it with hardware and software. The consciously chosen animal-free path should be rewarded and highlighted. Moreover, it should also be a role model for other institutions. 

In December 2019 our project partner Dimitrij Leporskij visited Kaliningrad. He gave a lecture for the students and presented headmaster Alexey Golbitsky with a projector, a laptop and a large number of zoology and physiology discs.

Municipal Budgetary Educational Institution, Secondary School No. 1 (“School of the Future”), Kaliningrad, Russia.

Dimitrij Leporskij gives a lecture in Kaliningrad.

Headmaster Alexey Golbitsky and Dimitrij Leporskij.

Donetsk in Vinnytsia, Ukraine

When the war in Eastern Ukraine started in 2015, the Vasyl Stus National University of Donetsk fled to the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia. The Faculty of Biology was forced to leave behind all technical equipment. The university rents auditoriums and sometimes equipment to continue working at its new location. The level of support is extremely low.

Oleg Ermishev, teacher at the Institute of Biophysics and Physiology of the Faculty of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, discovered our project thanks to our trilingual website and asked for help. Dimitrij Leporskij visited the university in November 2019 to sign the contract. Oleg Ermishev and the Head of the Department, Olga Dotsenko, showed great interest in the animal-free teaching methods and were grateful for the hardware and software (a projector, a laptop, software and videos). 

So far, 140 frogs were decapitated every year in order to perform nerve and muscle physiology experiments. This will end at the latest on 1st September 2020. 


Oleg Ermishev and Olga Dotsenko with the donated materials. 

22nd June 2020
Dr. Corina Gericke

Further information

Overview of the whole project (in German) >>

Trilingual Website (German, Ukrainian, Russian)