From December 26 to 29, 2019, the 9th “Love FURUSATO Work Camp” of the Children’s Forest Program (CFP) was held at DOA-OISCA Agriculture and Rural Development Training Center in Myanmar with the participation of 40 school children and students from CFP participating school. Also, from schools near DOA-OISCA Agriculture and Leadership Training Center located in Mandalay Region which started CFP activities this year, school children and teachers took part for the first time. This region is suffering from severe weather conditions because it is located in the dry land and is confronted with the problem of water conservation and the wind is strong due to the presence of many flat areas.
The children introduced their respective forest development and environmental conservation activities and participated in forest observation divided into groups and workshops with the themes of garbage separation. Even if the problems they have are all different, it was a good opportunity for them to deepen bonds beyond regions meeting fellows who work for FURUSATO in the same way.
A teacher who took part in the forest observation session in Sinma Mountain, said: “there is no forest in our community, and it is very difficult to create an opportunity for children to feel the blessings and richness of the forest. I would like to tell other children what I have learnt here and intend to develop an observable rich forest.” It seemed that the teachers, too, learnt a lot.