The Final Workshop on Promotion of Environmental Education in Primary Schools in Phnom Penh

The Final Workshop on Promotion of Environmental Education in Primary Schools in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Capital Administration (PPCA), Department of Education, Youth and Sports (DoEYS), and IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET) have jointly organized the Final Workshop on Promotion of Environmental Education (E.E.) in Primary Schools in Phnom Penh, with the aim of sharing the result of sharing the result of pilot project activities co-implemented with Phnom Penh’s two collaborating school – Seng Sok Primary School and Tuol Kok Primary School.

 The event was organized as a part of pilot project to support the implementation of Phnom Penh Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2035 recently published as a result of joint efforts by PPCA, CCET, and UNEP, and intended to improving waste management and 3R practices in primary schools thereby addressing waste management challenges in schools.

In many Primary Schools in Phnom Penh is facing difficulty in managing the generated waste, with increasing waste mainly generated from snack vendors on one hand, and lack of budget for implementing waste management services on the other. On the other hand, environmental education is increasingly expected to play a role of catalysis for inducing behavioral change at individual level towards sustainable development, while the state of implementation on the ground is still mixed, with need for educational material and pedagogy programs for teachers on theories and practices…etc voiced among stakeholders.

In this context, the pilot project aimed at addressing both the real waste management problems faced by the schools as well as environmental education through: 1) development of supplementary educational material for E.E., 2) advancing source segregation in schools, 3) promoting utilization of recyclable components by connecting schools and recyclers as well as promoting decentralized composting. Regarding pedagogy, Active-Learning method was introduced as a key concept connecting the three project components, and an approach for inducing deeper learning and behavioral change.

Following a framing presentations by PPCA, DoEYS, and CCET, the result of waste composition analysis (waste audit) and survey on waste management practice and knowledge conducted in early stage of the project, construction and operation of waste storage and small-scale composting center were reported by the two collaborating primary schools (Tuol Kok and Seng Sok Primary Schools). Ecology Note, a supplementary educational material for E.E. co-developed through the project was also presented, while proposal for aligning the school-based activities to the National Eco-School Program was also made by VVOB and CCET. A series of starters' toolkit for teachers for introducing waste management education co-developed by COMPED and CCET was also introduced with aim of disseminating practice to other schools in Phnom Penh.

Date/Time
14 February 2019
Venue

Department of Environment, Youth and Sports (DoEYS)

Supporters

Cambodian Education and Waste Management Organization (COMPED)

VVOB

Tuol Kok Primary School

Seng Sok Primary School

Languages
Khmer/English
Capacity
80
Fee
Free
Schedule

Topics

Presenters

Welcome message from CCET and General Introduction of Pilot Project

Ran Yagasa,

Policy Researcher, IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Welcome and key messages from DoEYS

Hem Sinareth,

Director, Department of Education, Youth, and Sports (DoEYS)

Welcome and key messages from PPCA

Mao Kolmardi,

Director, Waste Management Division, Phnom Penh Capital Administration (PPCA-WMD)

Current Policy Framework

Title: Environmental Education in Phnom Penh – the Current Status and Future Directions

Preap Kompheak,

Department of Education, Youth, and Sports (DoEYS)

Introduction of Ecology Note 

D.J.G. Premakumara,

Programme Manager, CCET

Report 1: Actions in Tuol Kok Primary School

Title: Environmental Education and Waste Management in Tuol Kok Primary School:  Recent Actions and Results

Phath Sokha,

Director, Tuol Kok Primary School

Report 2: Actions in Seng Sok Primary School

Title: Environmental Education and Waste Management in Seng Sok Primary School: Recent Actions and Results

Svey Sarun,

Director, Seng Sok Primary School

Modelling Environmental Education

Ran Yagasa,

CCET

National Eco-School Program

Roosje Sprangers,

Education Advisor, VVOB

Summary of Pilot Project Activities and Teacher's Toolkit for E.E. based on Waste Management

Sam Phalla,

Director, COMPED

Conclusion and Way Forward

Ran Yagasa,

CCET

 

Photos
PPCA
Tuol Kok Primary School
Seng Sok Primary School