Environmental Education Tools

Since 2013, ProCEEd has been developing and using non-formal environmental education methods and tools for a variety of mostly outdoor actvities with children, teenagers and adult groups of villagers, town folks and government officials.


These methods and tools were predominantly developed for and used in the context of


  • Environmental Tours by means of a bus and a truck that regularly tour remote villages and district and provincial capitals in Khammouane, Huaphane and Sayaboury and Bolikhamxay Province,
  • environmental awareness raising activities at festivals and other public events, schools and public authorities in both, urban and rural areas,
  • environmental education activities supported by ProCEEd's two development assistants in cooperation with PONRE in Khammouane and Huaphane Province.


The Environmental Tours are implemented by two different teams: One team addresses government line agencies and mass organizations in the respective provincial and district capital cities of the three provinces concerned, the other team tours 15-20 target villages in a particular district. While the 'government team' typically conducts two 3-hour programs per day in a provincial or district capital, the 'village team' works with school children, village authorities and the adult population of a remote community for a whole day. Both teams use an infotainment approach, combining information with entertainment, e.g. a theatre play that focuses on the respective Environmental Tour topic. But other than that, the methods used by the two teams are different.


The 'government team' relies on more factual information, e.g. a series of posters and illustrations. The 'village team' uses games, songs, drawing contests and exercises with the children, and Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) tools like transect walks, historical trends or focus group discussions with the adults. In the evening, the results from the contests and discussions are presented in a village gathering where also the theatre play is performed and a video about the day of activities in the community is screened.


The methods and tools listed below are based on a standard template summarizing title, purpose, learning objective, materials, group specifics, duration, proceedings and debriefing relevant to the respective tool or method.




Egg Drop                             for team building


The exercise is very good for team building at the beginning or before certain phases in a training or planning event. It lets participants learn to know each other and to discover their strengths and weaknesses under stress. Also, the different roles individuals take over in teamwork are brought to light. More...


adults, teenagers, children                                                        90 min      




Guiding the Blind                for team building, power & dependence


When participants change their roles as a ‘guide’ and a ‘blind’ person, they learn experientially about domination and power on the one hand, and about dependency and helplessness, on the other hand. Therefore, this exercise is particularly useful before engaging in field work. More...


adults, teenagers, children                                                        30-45 min   



Horse Trader                      for communication, different perspectives, shared meaning 


The game is about the difficulties in consensus formation. Starting from various individual results the group is supposed to arrive at a common conclusion in relation with a seemingly simple task that turns out to be very complex - just as development cooperation is. More...


adults, teenagers                                                                      60 min   



Paper Tear                          for communication, common understanding


The exercise is very good for team members to understand the reasons for communication problems related to different perspectives and backgrounds of social groups in the participants’ working environment. More...


adults, teenagers, children                                                        30 min



Chairs in a Corner               for conflict management


In group work, cooperation and communication is more efficient than competition and conflict to solve a task that any number of members of a group cannot solve by themselves. More...


adults, teenagers, children                                                        60 min



Nuts Game                          for sustaibale development, cooperation vs conflict


To establish an affective and rational experience about the advantages of cooperation in comparison to competition in a group. This can be specifically applied with regard to the limits of growth, resource management and sustainable development. More...


adults, teenagers, children                                                        180 min


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NEWS

Second Survey on Environmental Awareness in Laos

As a follow-up to the 2012 KAP survey, ProCEEd launched a post-KAP in November 2016. It will compare results from 2012 with the ones from 2016. More...

Comic Book and Illustrations on Wildlife Conservation

ProCEEd published a comic book and a series of illustrations on wildlife conservation used on the 2016 Environmental Tour. More...

Training on Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

ProCEEd trained journalists from radio stations in Khammouane and Houaphan on environmental radio program productions. More...



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!