Show Time for Co-Management and Forest Conservation in Laos

During a one-week workshop in Vientiane held from 29 June to 3 July, 2015, Lao National Theater (LNT) instructors trained ten DEQP and PADETC staff and volunteers on theater skills. Using the technical input of DEQP, the field experience of PADETC and the theater skills of instructors from Lao National Theater, a new theater play about forest protection was created to be used in ProCEEd's Environmental Tours 2015.

The 20-minute theater play tells the story of a school with a broken roof that needs wooden beams for repair. A conflict breaks out whether timber from a nearby national protected area can be employed to the advantage of the children's education and future. Villagers finally find a long-term solution. The play reflects a real life conflict that could be found in ProCEEd's target provinces, and presents solutions and best practices that can help environmental protection.  

The use of theater has proven effective and well accepted not only by the ProCEEd team but also in the project's target provinces Khammouane, Huaphan, Sayaboury. ProCEEd promotes environmental education by means of edutainment, methods that are educating and entertaining at the same time. DEQP and PADETC concluded the theater workshop with a structured, rehearsed and ready-to-stage theater play.

ProCEEd gained the support of LNT, the country's highest theater authority, when LNT adapted a theatre play on co-management for forest protection in October 2015. Both workshops were implemented by Sonesay Keomanivong, the LNT Deputy Director, and his colleagues Thongsavath Khounsavanh and Gnan Chanthalangsy.

Some people may ask how a theater can help to protect forests in Laos. When performing a theater play, actors take on a role. They feel, think and react just as the characters in the play's story line, and make the audience feel the same. "The actors can lead the audience to see and feel what they want them to see and feel" explained Gnan Chanthalangsy, a comedian and actor famous all over Laos.  

The LNT instructors inspired the ProCEEd participants in enhancing their skills as actors. Technical advice on acting, practices on body language and tips on how to engage an audience was shared during the training. DEQP and PADECT participants had an opportunity to share experiences and fears encountered during previous performances in the context of the project's Environmental Tours. Gnan Chanthalangsy and Thongsavath Khounsavanh coached participants how to engage the audience without losing control and how to deal with disturbances and emotions during a theater play. The DEQP and PADECT volunteers gained confidence throughout the training and improved their theater performance.  

In the process, they also learned how to develop and create a theater play and script. "Theater is like telling a story that can be a copy of a real life situation" stated Gnan Chanthalangsy. "In theater you can pass on any message you want. But in order to be able to develop a good theater script, it is important to get to know the place and the people the story is all about. Go out and talk to the people, understand how they think and see life” was an advice the trainers shared with the participants.

 

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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!