Räpina School of Horticulture

Räpina School of Horticulture was founded in 1924. The school is the oldest and also the biggest vocational school teaching horticultural subjects in Estonia. There are about 670 students studying in the school, 78 % of them are adult learners.

The school offers a vocational qualification in fields of horticulture, landscape gardening and construction, floristry, environment protection and textile work. Also, the school offers secondary and upper secondary level vocational education for full-time students and upper secondary education for distance-learners, EQF levels 3, 4 and 5. The school offers also non-formal studies.

The school manages approximately 8 hectares of parks, 6 hectares of gardens and fields and a modern greenhouse. In the park grow more than 300 different tree and shrub species.

The staff consists of 55 full-time teachers and 55 employees in the boarding school, in the training nursery and in the maintenance department.

The School has international experiences through Leonardo da Vinci program from the late 1990s, now it continues with Erasmus+ Program. Our students have an opportunity to attend their traineeship in Latvia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Great Britain.

Since 2010 Räpina School of Horticulture is a full member of the FLORNET transnational network.Since 2005 the school is a member of EUROPEA International. The school belongs also to “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Gartenbaulehrerinnen und Gartenbaulehrer”


Katrin Uurman
EUROPEA Estonia
National Coordinator
leader of the campaign “Month of an EUROPEA Member State”

Estonia has a national animal

Previously…

Estonia was searching national animal. The candidates were beaver, badger, fox, hedgehog, grey wolf and roe deer. At the evening of 23rd of April, 2018 the national animal was announced which is the grey wolf.

Source: https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt

Why grey wolf?

Wolf is a natural part of Estonian nature. In Estonian folk traditions, the wolf is the most popular animal, over 500 names and numerous folk tales have been written about him. The wolf as a symbol contributing to the value of natural landscapes, as being one of the indicator animals of the comprehensive ecosystem.

Grey wolf is a symbol of wild and untouched nature. Estonian bogs and larger forest masses are also well-known as wolf lands. The wolf has influenced Estonian nature landscape, also the language and culture. As a skillful hunter has wolf kept the abundance of grass eaters like rabbits, etc under the control. Cause of that wolf has indirectly shaped the forest-like exterior of the Finno-Ugric landscapes. He has been the ruler of Estonian bog and forest lands for hundreds and thousands of years.

Grey wolf is very durable, tough and extremely smart. The wolf is a survivor. He is courageous for protecting his family and territory from other wolves. Wolves appreciate privacy – they want to be left alone. Wolves respect their parents and love their family. The wolf is charismatic.

All these are the reasons why a grey wolf is suitable for symbolizing Estonia and Estonians.

 

 

Katrin Uurman
EUROPEA Estonia
National Coordinator
leader of the campaign “Month of an EUROPEA Member State”

Source:
https://novaator.err.ee/825242/eesti-rahvusloomaks-kuulutati-hunt

Estonia will have a national animal

Estonia has a number of natural symbols: the national bird is the barn swallow, national flower is cornflower, the national tree is the oak tree, the national stone is the grey limestone. Also, there is a national fish which is Baltic herring. In 2018, a national butterfly was selected, which is swallowtail.

Estonian national symbols

Today, on 23rd of April, 2018 national animal will be announced.
The candidates are beaver, badger, fox, hedgehog, wolf and roe deer.

Estonian national animal candidates. Photos: Flickr, roe deer photo: Kaarel Roht. Source: http://www.ejs.ee/jahimehed-otsivad-eesti-rahvuslooma/

 

To be continued…

 

 

Katrin Uurman
EUROPEA Estonia
National Coordinator
leader of the campaign “Month of an EUROPEA Member State”

 

Source:
http://www.ejs.ee/jahimehed-otsivad-eesti-rahvuslooma/
Photos:
https://paeliit.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/paekivi-meie-rahvuskivi-juubel/
http://www.looduskalender.ee/sites/default/files/images/080516th688.preview.jpg
https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viiralti_tamm
https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4460/36965439833_d64329f9f0_b.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4688191077_de339db7f9.jpg
https://www.earthrangers.com/content/wildwire/barn_swallow_flying1.jpg
http://www.ejs.ee/jahimehed-otsivad-eesti-rahvuslooma/