01.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

MOET, MAB, FAO and UNESCO support student climate change and biodiversity conservation initiatives in Red River Delta


1 February, Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve – This week in a joint effort between the Continuing Education Department (CED) and the Department of Technology and Education Administrators (DTEA) under the Ministry of Education and Training, the Viet Nam National Man and Biosphere Programme Committee (MAB) MAB, FAO and UNESCO, implementation began for the third phase of the Viet Nam component of the Asia-Pacific Regional Biosphere Reserves for Environmental and Economic Security Programme (BREES), funded through the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust.

The week’s activities included four training programmes: (i) training of Community Learning Centre (CLC) facilitators on climate change and biodiversity conservation; (i) delivery of a lesson plan developed by CLC facilitators to local community members; (iii) a three-day teacher training workshop to build teachers’ capacities to enhance students’ knowledge on key sustainability challenges; and (iv) orientation sessions with students on the process of developing their own projects to respond to climate change with practical activities in their schools and communities.

MAB led the trainings and was supported by CED, DTEA, FAO and UNESCO, who provided technical support and ensured that teachers, community members, parents and pupils were clear on their combined and complementing roles in supporting development and implementation of the youth-initiated proposals. First CLC members raised priority areas of concern, which were then discussed during the teacher training workshop. Based on these discussions, practical suggestions for climate change an environmental protection initiatives were proposed, which will be used later to guide students as they develop projects.  The main aim of the trainings, and the BREES initiative as a whole, is to help students develop and implement projects that tackle the most pressing climate change challenges in the locality, while also involving local community.

This year’s implementation of BREES activities in Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve builds on the previously successful implementation of similar initiatives in Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve.

For more information, contact Pham Lan Anh, UNESCO Viet Nam Programme Officer, at pl.anh(at)unesco.org.

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