ProCEEd coaches PONRE, DONRE for theatre in Thakhek district, Khammouane province

Currently, natural resources has gradually diminished due to an increase of population, social-economic development, infrastructure expansion, mining, hydropower, natural resources use with unsustainability and other activities. Natural resources, for example, resources of forest, water, biodiversity, climate change, the habitat of wildlife- aquatic animals, are directly and indirectly affected by them. And it also results in decreasing the abundance of biodiversity and natural resources.


A theatre workshop was held by Promotion of Climate Related Environmental Education (ProCEEd) under the Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Laos (ProFEB), GIZ in collaboration with KHAONIEW Theater Group, the Lao Acting Group. Participants were officials from Khammouane provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment (PoNRE), Boualapha District Office of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) and District office of Education and Sports. The theatre, “Funartpenjing means dream probably comes true”, reflected procedures for sustainable forest protection and water resources in line with the living condition of local local people as well as those living rural areas. They heavily rely on natural resources, for example, food, medicine, housing and clothes for livelihoods and survival. Some people, however, operate illegal logging, slash and burn cultivation, unplanned clearance of forest land, industry and deforestation without consideration of future results.


The KHAONIEW coached the attendees in theatre skills, especially skills in speaking, using local words, which enable the local simply understand, role-play, procedure of responsibility proportion for each person being suitable for a script. Also, processes on how to introduce message or give right explanation were included in the workshop. They learned not only theories but also practice, especially theatre in order to have confidence in themselves. It was good opportunities to fully show their abilities and do practically prior to implementing field tours. In addition, it improved process of how to play or words which were better suitable for real situations in order for lessening the least fault for putting on a play. The workshop, moreover, increased the participants’ knowledge on how to control sound and cut music in line with each scene of the play. Attending the workshop were 25 attendees which were 8 women.


During this workshop they acknowledged to be a smart master of ceremonies (MC), were more confident in themselves, expressed bravely their idea, learned how to take responsibilities, suitably provided time for presentation and playing games or disseminating other information regarding activity topic. At the event, the participants also shared their knowledge, experiences. Experiences gaining from the workshop were utilized into real practices of field activities.



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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!