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Wetlands Education Kit produced in Thai and Khmer

01-Oct-2002

Over the last year Wetlands International has secured funding to develop its now famous Tasek Bera Wetland Kit developed for Malaysia's first Ramsar site for use in two other countries. Cambodia Wet...
Over the last year Wetlands International has secured funding to develop its now famous Tasek Bera Wetland Kit developed for Malaysia's first Ramsar site for use in two other countries. Cambodia Wetlands International in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia undertook the 11 month project Development of a Wetland Education Kit for Use in Primary School in Cambodia funded by the Finnish Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. The main output of the project was a Wetland Education Kit in Khmer, the Cambodian National Language. Prek Toal, one of the core areas of the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, provided the basis for the site specific information in the Kit. The Kit has been developed in close consultation with local officials from the Department of Primary School of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Department of Environmental Education of the Ministry of Environment, relevant Non-Governmental Organisations, and projects/programmes such as UNESCO, Wildlife Conservation Society, OSMOSE, Greater Environment Chong Kneas Office, the Environment Centre at Prek Toal and FAO. OSMOSE kindly facilitated the students' field visit and the video recording. The Kit aims at school children and comprises a Text Book, Video CD, Audiotape and a board game. The Kit has been distributed to selected local schools, environment centres, NGOs and government agencies responsible for conducting environmental education. Thailand Funding for the production of a Thai version of the Wetlands Education Kit was received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government. The Kit was prepared in close collaboration with a local school at Thale Noi, Thailand's first Ramsar Site. In Thailand the Kit has been developed in consultation with the Office of the National Primary Education Commission of the Ministry of Education; the Office of Environmental Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment; the Royal Forest Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives; the Wetlands Research Centre of Prince of Songkla University and Thale Noi Conservation Club. The Kit was officially launched at Thale Noi by the first Secretary of the British Embassy in Bangkok, Mr Tom Carter on 28 June 2002. Since then it has been used to teach school children around Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area, Patthalung province, southern Thailand.

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