From 18 to 21/9/2018 in Hoi An City, Quang Nam, three lecturers from Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment have participated in the training course “Integrating innovative approaches into the education of ecological lifestyle for students”. The activity is in the framework of the project “Scaling up and mainstreaming innovative approaches on ecological movement into activities of universities” funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Institute in Southeast Asia and run by the Center for Community Initiatives and the Environment (C&E).
Ms. Bui Thi Thanh Thuy – C&E Deputy Director has given the opening remark at the training.
Fours experts as follow are in charge of training during the program.
(1) Mr. Tran Duc Tuan (Director of IRESD Institute for Sustainable Development Studies),
(2) Mr. Pham Quoc Loc (Doctor of Literature Studies – Cetac Literature
(3) Mr. Nguyen Duc Tung (Deputy Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development), and
(4) Ms. Nguyen Thuy Linh (Director of CECEM Community Capacity Building Center)
Trainees are lectures coming from more than 35 universities over Vietnam including Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City, and Kien Giang. They are shared with methodologies and the necessary skills of integrating ecological lifestyle into their lecture effectively.
Selected topics to integrate into university curriculum and extra-activities, are commonly found in daily routine, for instance “responsible tourism”, “proper use of water”, “using sustainable food, “living without garbage”, “gardening – easy or difficult”, and “environmental-friendly shopping”. Out of the classroom scale, trainees are encouraged to urge their students to apply learned knowledge in their local community.
Additionally, with an aim to gain hands-on experience and practical perspective, trainees are invited into An Nhien Farm, Bay Mau coconut forest, and Tan Bamboo production base together with involved in eco-lifestyle activities composing of learning to make compost, organic soap, and bamboo-made items.
At the training course, trainees are given the opportunity to exchange ideas and construct lessons for students. The flow of a lecture building is described as below:
(1) Analyzing the capacity of students and their willingness to attend the training.
(2) Determining what the lesson objectives
(3) Experimental Design: This is one of the most important steps to build a successful lesson. Learning activities are constructed to evoke curiosity and concern of students.
(4) Analysing and generalizing the lesson: the instructor asks questions related to the experience so that students can discuss ideas and gain lessons later on. Before ending the training, lecturers designed suitable activities for their academic institution.
At the end of the training session, Mr. Tran Duc Tuan, Director of IRESD Institute for Sustainable Development Studies and Education, has declared the establishment an Action Network for Sustainable Development of Ecology and Society in order to strengthen the interconnection and develop the cooperative relationship for the sake of sustainable transformation of education institutions (universities, high schools, community education) in Vietnam
With the knowledge and experience gained, the participants in the training have given the commitment and willingness to build-up a network of young people to practice and spread ecological lifestyle in their community.
Source based: Thu Hương, Hồng Viên, Ngọc Hà, 2018, ‘Tập huấn lồng ghép giáo dục lối sống sinh thái’, 25 September, Đại học Thái Nguyên – Trường Đại học Khoa học. Link available http://tnus.edu.vn/tin-tuc/chi-tiet/tap-huan-long-ghep-giao-duc-loi-song-sinh-thai. Accessed on 25 September 2018
Opening remark Ms. Bui Thi Thanh Thuy – C&E Deputy Director
Sharing on experiential learning by Ms. Nguyen Thuy Linh
Visiting Tan Bamboo
Declaration of establishment for Network on Action for Transformation to Socio-Ecological Sustainability (ATSES) by Mr. Tran Duc Tuan
Thu Hương- Hồng Viên – Ngọc Hà
(Department of Natural Resources & Environment)