Son La URENCO Educates Kindergarten-Children on its Premises

Created on 07 January 2014 Print Email

Supported by WMP, Son La Urban Environment Company (URENCO) conducted a two-day training course on Information, Communication and Education (IEC) campaign management in December 2013. The training was based on URENCO’s capacity development activity plan for 2013 and a previously conducted training on basic knowledge on environment and wastewater.

Future IEC activities carried out by Son La URENCO and supported by WMP will involve collaboration with multiple local stakeholders, especially the Women's Union; thus, more than 40 participants including URENCO staff, representatives from Ward People’s Committees and Ward Women’s Union of Son La city attended the training. WMP’s participative training approach was also applied for this training and enabled participants to share their knowledge and experience in the field of communication during group discussions, case studies and very practical training sessions. The aim is to enable the communication team of Son La URENCO to effectively implement IEC activities in collaboration with local stakeholders, in order to improve sanitation behavior and to increase the community’s willingness to pay for the future wastewater tariff.  

To apply the newly gained skills and commence with a first concrete campaign, Son La URENCO requested WMP to support preparations for an education activity focusing on personal hygiene and environmental protection and targeted at children from a local kindergarten in Son La city. This "Environment Day for Future Generations” was organized on the company’s premises one day after the completion of the training. In addition to the children, teachers and parents of Ngoc Linh kindergarten, participants also included representatives from the city’s Bureau of Education and Training, the management board of the kindergarten as well as URENCO staff. Through art performances, songs, poems, and especially education games like performing hand washing with soap and water, waste collection and classification etc., more than 200 children aged four to five were able to demonstrate and proof their knowledge on personal hygiene and environment protection. Local media attended both, “Environment Day” and the IEC training and spread news on the events on local TV and in newspapers.

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