The ancient city of Hoi An, Vietnam was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 4, 1999. After more than a decade of development, Hoi An's economy continues to grow and develop evenly in all areas, especially in the tourism sector. However, this development faces many risks such as environmental pollution, increasing waste, climate change, natural disasters and epidemics, all of which challenge the development of Hoi An City.
In December 2009, the City People's Committee (People's Committee) announced a plan to build “Hoi An – An Eco-City”. Following that, in 2017, an Action Plan was approved for Hoi An to become "An Eco-city - Raising awareness and responsibility for environmental protection of enterprises". Notably, on September 30, 2021, Hoi An City People's Committee, Quang Nam Tourism Association and related parties held a signing ceremony and announced the "Business plan framework to reduce waste towards Hoi An". – A green destination for the period of 2021-2023". These are Hoi An's strong commitments to promote the sustainable development goals.
In order to achieve these goals, education plays a very important role. In Hoi An, environmental education activities have been carried out in formal and extracurricular settings for many years with promising results. Some environmental education materials were developed and communicated to teachers. In particular, the "One hour for a cleaner Hoi An" Campaign is regularly held every Friday afternoon. However, Hoi An does not currently have any environmental education materials that have been compiled for teachers and updated in line with Viet Nam's Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. In collaboration with Hoi An City, the Faculty of Education of Da Nang University, and the IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET), this material entitled "Ecological Education for Schools in Hoi An: A Teacher’s Guide " has been developed. It was prepared to support teachers and others involved in education and communication in promoting an ecological lifestyles. It integrates knowledge, skills and practical experience into a training programme for primary and secondary school students to promote ecological lifestyles. It is our hope that these learning materials will contribute to the promotion of environmental education activities for sustainable development in Hoi An City.