Training Workshop on Manual “Environmental Education and Communication in Laos" Develops Capacities of Government and Civil Society Organizations

On 17–21 Sept 2018, the 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),  a programe of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has held a five-day training workshop on the use of three volumes of the manual “Environmental Education and Communication in Laos (EEC)" at Mercure Hotel in Vientiane Capital. The workshop strengthens the capacity of ProCEEd partners’ future trainers regarding the implementation of environmental education and awareness raising activities (EEA). A total of 16 participants from the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), the Provincial Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PONRE) of Khammouane province, and Mind Media company have joined the training, which has been moderated by Manfred Oepen, a German expert on environmental education and communication, one of the writers of the manual.


ProCEEd and its partners have been implementing EEA activities since 2013, which included human capacity building and the development of media and materials. In order to share related experiences, the project published three volumes of a manual on "Environmental Education and Communication in Laos" in 2017, which have been translated into Lao language and are currently being approved by DEQP.

The manual is structured like an onion. The outer layer, covered by Volume 1, relates to management, i.e., the conceptual and preparation processes that organizations need to go through when planning and implementing environmental bus tours or education events. The middle layer, incorporated in Volume 2,  is about the skills and competencies that an organization's staff needs to develop through training and capacity development to be able to facilitate environmental education activities. And finally, the inner layer, included in Volume 3,  contains the actual methods and tools, games and exercises, media and materials that staff members should apply to the problems and needs of the participants they work with, be it in environmental education classroom events or with communities in the field.


The training workshop followed the structure and contents of the manual's three volumes. In the first and second day, all participants were involved on the interactive practice of plenary presentations, working group exercises and the presentations of group discussion results. They discussed and practiced fundamental elements of instigating EEA activities such as target audience orientation, brainstorming, team building, scripting, media and material design, selection of proper games and exercises, responsibilities and quality management, and evaluation.


At the same time, participants also learned how this manual be can used in the future, namely to combine and integrate the manual's experiences into sustained efforts of taking people on a learning journey to protect the environment. The different volumes of the manual may well be taken up by different user groups. For example, managers may only read Volume 1 and 2 because they are more interested in the management and human resources development aspects.  Facilitators, field workers or volunteers may only read Volume 3 because they are looking for guidance and new tools to use in their work.

 

During the third day and the morning of the fourth day, the participants have shared experiences on the details of all relevant types of EEA trainings: 1-Moderation and Visualization for Group Events (MOVE),  ProCEEd environmental bus tour preparation workshops, 3-PADETC village tour preparation workshops, and  4-theater training. As on the previous days, participants were divided into three groups after each plenary input , which discussed these inputs in light of specific tasks. The group work has been watchfully coached by the moderator before each groups has presented its results in lively plenary sessions.


From the afternoon of the fourth day to the morning of the fifth day, participants have learned about games and exercises incorporated in Volume 3, and they have designed a new environmental event by using games and tools from the manual. The highlight of this part of the training has been  engaging in practicing new exercises in a funny but energetic learning atmosphere. Finally, participants have evaluated the workshop in terms of learning success and skills improvements.


Through this 5-day training workshop, participants have reached a common understanding of EEA formats, training needs and tools, and a thorough grasp of the EEC manual's purpose, structure and contents. They also learned how to use the manual for planning and implementing EEA tours and events as well as related training workshops, and for selecting appropriate tools. They have been able to summarize major elements of the manual's three volumes and practiced major elements of EEA tours and events in accordance with the manual's standard operational recommendations.


The three volumes of this manual will enable DEQP/MoNRE as well as civil society organizations to continue managing and implementing environmental education and communication activities, and to provide related training and coaching and journalists in print and broadcasting media. ProCEEd is convinced that all representatives are able to apply the constructive results from the  training workshop for their own development as future trainers. Above all, they are able to put this knowledge into practice and use is for expanding the EEA network in Laos with high quality performances.


 

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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!