Rediscovery of the Rich Nature of FURUSATO in Workshop
The first workshop was conducted in Myanmar in 2012, and in response to its popularity, the second one was carried out in December 2013. The 5-days and 4-nights workshop was held at Myanmar Agriculture Service(MAS) OISCA Agro-Forestry Training Center. A total of 42 school children from 17 schools in Pakkoku District taking part in the Children’s Forest Program (CFP), gathered and learnt the nature of the community through agricultural experience and playing games in the forest located in the premises of the Center.
Also, all the participants climbed Mt.Sinma which is situated near the Training Center and conserves the rich nature. The staff divided the children into 6 different groups, thoroughly observed
the species of trees and plants in the forest. Through the activity in which the participants looked for the same kind of leaves as the ones handed over by the staff, the children fully utilized
their body and feelings and felt closer to the Nature than usual. More than anything, they were very stimulated in spending time together with children from other schools with whom they usually
don’t have an opportunity to meet and talk each other on their respective activities and daily lives. We intend to continue to organize this sort of eco camps as an initiative to generate a new
willingness for inter-school communications and CFP activities in the future.