18 Provinces Plan for Up-Scaling Environmental Education across Laos



Representatives from all 18 provinces attended a workshop on Environmental Education and Awareness Raising (EEA) in Vientiane from 13 to 14 September 2018, to plan for up-scaling Environmental Education across Laos. A wide variety of environmental education and communication media and tools, with its aims to create awareness on various aspects of environment, climate change and connect to nature were exchanged.  This workshop was conducted with the support from Promotion of Climate-related Environmental Education (ProCEEd), a component of the German Development Cooperation programme Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity (ProFEB), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

 

The ninety participants included MONRE, DEQP, all Provincial Offices of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE), related sectors in Vientiane capital, academic institutions such as the Mobile Conservation Union (MCU) and Social Environmental Education and Development (SEEd) of the National University of Laos, as well as civil society organizations such as Mind Media, the Rural Development Agency (RDA), and actor of private sector active on EEA such as Kaoniew theatre company.

 


“DEQP runs week and month-long tours that provide environmental education to remote village and info-training events at schools, markets and festivals. These learning programmes address forest protection, forests and natural disasters, wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and the collaborative management of national protected areas.” Ms Chithanom OUNSIDA, Deputy Director General of DEQP said.

 

“We use the “edutainment”- education and entertainment - approach to facilitate learning and promote environmental awareness. If you have a look at our awareness raising campaigns, they illustrate a balance between enjoyment and learning. There are clear learning objectives in each one of the activities (e.g. games and shows) aiming to help foster environmental awareness. While the audience is amused and relaxed by a wide variety of environmental education, they are also concentrated and motivated, making their learning and sharing about environmental issues more effective.” Ms Chithanom additionally added.


The environmental tools include environmental TV and radio programs, posters, flyers, illustrations, comics, newspaper articles and other print media as well the use of theatre, songs, games and exercises. All these media, materials and tools are compiled in three volumes of an Environmental Education and Communication Manual and a Media Kit. Interestingly, the CSOs complemented the presentations of DEQP in their respective fields of expertise, e.g. environmental village bus tours (Mind Media), waste management (MCU), or environment education and awareness raising events (RDA), which these organizations implemented in close cooperation with DEQP.


 

Participants' presentations exchanged and shared lesson learned on EEA implementation and challenges in all the 18 PONRE’s offices in Laos. As a result of working group discussions, they also presented in plenary recommendations on which technical assistance they need from DEQP, such as training, capacity development, and media and materials or fund-raising opportunities. This showed DEQP the potential of the PONRE for scaling up and adaptation in term of EEA work as well as strengthening future cooperation among DEQP and PONRE.


 

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ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS



You can now watch 12 professionally produced documentary films broadcast on LNTV in 2017. Three or four episodes of 15 minutes each make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic, e.g. wildlife or forest protection. More films supported by ProCEEd and other GIZ projects are shown as well.

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIO



You can listen in to selected radio programs produced by LNR Khammouane in Thakek and Boualapha as well as by LNR Huaphan in Sam Neua and Houameuang. Some of them have even been translated into Khmu and Hmong language. Three 15-min episodes make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS



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!