From January 23 to 26, OISCA held in Sri Lanka workshops at schools participating in the Children’s Forest Program (CFP) and seminars for leaders by dispatching Ms. Mayumi Sakamoto, a Japanese expert in environmental education. In Sri Lanka where there have been increasing natural disasters and loss of biodiversity, although public awareness of problems is rising, there is a lack of opportunities for environmental education and teaching materials, and CFP schools consulted OISCA on how to teach children.
Therefore, OISCA organized workshops at two schools to start with SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) for encouraging children’s proactive learning. On January 25, a seminar was conducted with the participation of 40 teachers and CFP coordinators such as school principals, teachers in charge and relevant town hall officials for identifying community issues and sharing required activities and points to be overcome. The participants exchanged opinions on methods in which children can practice with fun focusing on garbage management and sustainable agriculture. They will gather again in a near future to discuss specific ways of cooperation. Thus, there was marked improvement of their motivation, and it is expected to level up activities through further strengthening horizontal connections.