20.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Local communities in Hue receive training on how to develop Community Action Plans

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20 October, Hue City – The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and UNESCO held a training the past two days for communities on how to develop community-led action plans to respond to climate change, disasters and biodiversity loss as a part of the MOET, UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development Initiative in Viet Nam.

62 participants attended the training, including parents, community members, local authorities, school principals, representatives of School Steering Committees of Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and Natural Disaster Mitigation, representatives of local unions and associations and local journalists.

During the training, national and international experts, with the support of the Thua Thien-Hue Province Department of Education and Training, Hue University, MOET, the Viet Nam National Man and Biosphere Committee, Live & Learn, the Disaster Risk Management Centre under the Ministry of Agriculture and Development and the Viet Nam Energy Efficiency Centre improved communities’ capacities to identify and respond to the main risks, threats and challenges posed by climate change, disasters and biodiversity loss in their locality. The training has enhanced communities’ ability to work together to tackle major threats through projects and activities that can be implemented in a participatory manner by the community, with support of authorities, the private sector and other stakeholders.

Mr Nguyen Cong Hinh, Director of Continuing Education Department under MOET, emphasized the importance of linking formal education with informal education when building the resilience of Viet Nam’s schools and communities, young and old, to the risks and threats posed by climate change, disasters and biodiversity loss.

Over the course of the two days, participants received training in and practiced the key steps of community action planning. This included: developing a long-term vision listing strengths, challenges and recommendations; drawing a community map to identify hazards, resources and actions to be taken; and listing and planning for implementation of priority actions.

By the end of the training, each commune had defined two concrete actions that will be taken back to their wider communities to be enhanced and built into their community action plans which will be finalized in the coming months. Throughout the process, Hue University, a national expert in participatory community planning, Live & Learn and UNESCO will provide continuous technical support throughout development of the plans.

For more information:

Please contact Vu Chien Thang, Assistant to the UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, at vc.thang(at)unesco.org.

 




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