Science Film Festival Features Environmental Education

The 2013 Science Film Festival (SFF) in Laos opened for public viewings from 7-9 Nov, 2013 at the Cinema Department in Vientiane. The SFF presents science in a new ‘edutainment’ format, attracting many people in Laos to science for the first time through both education and entertainment in order to inspire youth, teachers and communities to approach learning in a fun and innovative way.

 

The Suanmailao and Doklao Learning Centers cooperated in selecting and dubbing 13 science films from various countries, which feature energy and sustainability themes. The centers are part of PADETC, the Participatory Development Training Center, which has been producing 3-5 films per year on education for sustainable development (ESD) since 1992. The SFF was supported by ProCEEd, Goethe Institute, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Research Institute of Education and Science under the Ministry of Education, and the Cinema Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

On 8 Nov, 2013 PADETC used ProCEEd’s environmental bus at the SFF site to rehearse a new Environmental Tour curriculum that will take them to villages in Khammouane from mid November 2013 to mid January 2014. The curriculum was organized in a way that SFF participants rotated along four stations where (1) films were screened inside the bus while others involved (2) in a drawing contest as well as (3) games and (4) poster presentations on biodiversity and wildlife conservation. This site event of the film fest attracted almost 200 children and teenagers in several rounds throughout the day.


From Vientiane, the film festival travelled to Xieng  Khouang, Khammouane, Champasak, Savannakhet, and Vientiane Province until the end of December 2013. Youth volunteers were trained to deliver the mobile screenings and follow up community activities in each location across the country. It is estimated that around 20,000 people learned from and enjoyed the SFF mobile screening tour.

 

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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!