|Workshops Prepare Environmental Bus Tour Program 2013|
During two workshops in late June and mid July 2013, more than 30 participants from government and non-government organizations discussed and put together the contents, programs and non-formal education aids for the ProCEEd Environmental Bus Tour. The project plans to put two environmental education vehicles, a 14-seater bus and an eight-meter truck, on tour in Vientiane Capital and Khammouane Province from August to November this year. The workshop participants from MoNRE’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), the Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC), and the Mobile Conservation Unit (MCU) of Lao National University intend to act as tour operators who facilitate interactive environmental education and communication activities inside and outside the vehicles for selected audiences.
The Environmental Bus Tour in August focuses on climate change for 15-20 secondary schools in Vientiane Capital. An estimated 150-200 students can be reached per school. The three-hour program comprises interactive exercises, role plays, and presentations. Using an infotainment approach, factual information is combined with entertaining songs and games. This approach is shared by the Bus Tour to Khammouane in September to November 2013, where government agencies in Thakek and general audiences in selected villages in the Boualapah District are visited. The focus there is on co-management of national protected areas. Most villages are near the Hin Nam No National Protected Area which is also the project area of a Lao-German nature conservation project implemented by GIZ and the respective Lao Government partners.
The workshop participants first learned about the new and complex topics of climate change and co-management. They developed a common understanding that allows them to share their special knowledge with others. Next, participants practiced how to use interactive moderation and visualization methods are called MOVE, Moderation and Visualization for Group Events: Brainstorming techniques, team building exercises or mini-drama sessions to trigger learning processes and raise awareness related to environmental and biodiversity protection as well as climate change.
Future Bus Tour activities mainly take place outside the bus and the truck. Large white screen can be fixed on one side of the vehicles so that movies can also be screened by means of a mobile projector and a computer-assisted multimedia system. Both vehicles are solar-powered providing 4-5 hours of energy for the electronic devices installed. The truck offers additional facilities for traveling exhibitions, playing interactive games and engaging in other non-formal environmental education activities.
In 2013 the two vehicles will tour Vientiane Capital and the Khammouane and Houaphanh provinces for periods of between three to seven weeks each. Tour schedules are made available in due time.
At the provincial and district level, Environmental Tours with entertaining environmental education activities regularly tour four provinces and Vientiane Capital. A bus and a truck using solar-powered equipment facilitate film, theatre and local learning and discussion initiatives. Don’t miss the tour!