Environmental Education Training for Sundarban Communities, Bangladesh

MOWDUDUR RAHMAN

Teacher-training involving both formal and non-formal education sectors, local government representatives and personnel from the Forest Department for dissemination of Sundarban environmental protection messages

The Sundarban, world largest mangrove forest is an unique ecosystem for about 330 sp. of plant, 270 sp. bird, 35 sp. reptiles, 8 sp. amphibians, 400 sp. fish, 42 sp. mammals (IUCN, 1994) The UNESCO has declared the Sundarban as World Heritage site. But this mangrove is sick now. Top dying, increased salinity, sea level rise including many destructive practices makes the Sundarban endangered. So there is a need to communicate the messages to the communities for greater awareness.

The Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC) has realized that the Primary Teachers of formal schools is the best media to communicate the messages because a vast number of teachers exist surrounding Sundarban. Once the teacher's community is trained and educated it is communicated to the students. So the CCEC has prepared an Environmental Education package (a booklet and a poster) with messages on Sundarban protection needs and rationale and organized a teachers training for 270 teachers of 10 sub-districts of Sundarban region in cooperation with The British High Commission Dhaka recently.

Now this proposed project wants to conduct such teachers training by involving teachers both formal and non-formal education sectors, local government representatives and personnel from the Forest Department for dissemination of Sundarban protection messages by using the Environmental Education package in order to organize brainstorming for making an outline and undertaking local actions for Sundarban protection apart from transmitting the messages to students, the future generation of the country.

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