Distributing text book encouraging independent studies
In the past, schools in Myanmar have been oriented toward memory-type education. But in 2017, the textbook of the first graders was revised for the first time in 20 years and started to put an emphasis on the education which promotes independent learning.
In the Children’s Forest Program, we compiled a new textbook on environmental education summarizing the roles and features of the community animals and plants so that children would be able to learn about the nature of FURUSATO. In the textbook, we listed the names in the English and local languages of the animals and plants living in the community and set up pages in which children freely write what was discovered in the forests and play just like bingo. It is designed to promote for children to think and act on their own. It became the tool by which the children will be able to deepen their understanding on the ecosystem of the familiar community through recording animals and plants discovered on nature observation. We are activating environmental education in providing school teachers with advices on how to utilize the textbooks.