Environmental Bus Tour Stages Theatre Play on Forest Protection

On 12 Oct, 2014 ProCEEd starts its third one-month Environmental Bus Tour to a third province, Sayaboury. The thematic and logistical preparation of the tours by a 14-seater bus and an 8-meter truck is shared by two teams from DEQP and PADETC. This time, the government and non-government team joined an additional one-week theatre training with professional actors from Lao National Theatre (LNT). The idea to use theatre on the bus tours originated from earlier tours to Houaphan and Khammouane, where short role plays were most popular among government officials and village audiences alike.

 

From 1-7 Oct, 2014 they learned how to use their voice, body language and facial expressions for drama and humor during a half-hour theatre play on forest protection. DEQP and PADETC participants easily took on tips and secrets of the performing arts shared by Mr. Yannavouthi Chanthalangsy, an actor and comedian well-known throughout Laos for his comedy series (e.g. “Tricycle Driver Wins Lottery”) and Xiengyan ice cream commercials. His spontaneous personality and acting style make each audience laugh easily.

 

In Sayaboury, as was the case in Houaphan, the tour’s focus is on forest protection. Hence, the plot of the theatre play is on this topic as well: In a village somewhere in Laos, two families suffer from declining environmental and livelihood conditions as hills are deforested,  wildlife has become scarce and floods and droughts (Act 1). One family decides to move to a village in Khammouane, where they experience collaborative efforts by the government and the community to protect the forest they depend on (Act 2). When this ‘well-to-do’ family pays a visit to their home village, they discuss with the other, ‘poor’ family and a government official the benefits and future-orientation of a healthy environment sustainably co-managed by the state and the people (Act 3). The play’s key messages are: “People’s livelihood and future depend on the sustainable use of forest resources. More collaboration between government and communities means more success in forest protection.” These messages climax at the end of Act 3, when the positive, collaborative example towards balance and harmony of humans and nature experienced by the family from Khammouane sticks out as a lesson learned by the audience. The future-orientation and aspiration for livelihood security is clearly expressed by the poor family’s daughter’s concern about her own future. At the very end, the government representative provides a glimmer of hope and a semi-happy end when she states “Let’s give the collaborative approach towards forest protection a try!”

 

Initial feedback from Sayaboury has been very positive regarding the audience appeal of the theatre play. While DEQP addresses provincial and district level government agencies related to environmental management, PADETC covers remote villages in the Phiang District in two rounds, the first one to introduce the topics and investigate the current environmental situation together with school children, village authorities and gender-specific community groups, and the second one for action-oriented, interactive games, theatre performance and presentations by youth and adult groups.

 

 

The two vehicles will keep touring Sayaboury districts until the end of November 2014. In early 2015, a new cycle of environmental bus tours will start in Khammouane. The environmental non-formal education activities provided through the bus and truck remain part of ProCEEd’s well-coordinated multi-year strategy as the project has been extended for another phase until 2017.

 

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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!