Seeing that ABD related knowledge resides mostly among the adult population there has been an effort through TABI Phase 1 and 2 to increase children’s awareness, knowledge and skills on the importance of ABD in livelihoods by recording traditional knowledge and incorporate it into a curriculum that is made available to and used by school children. Local curriculum on problems of biodiversity and the importance of biodiversity were developed and printed in collaboration with teachers during Phase 2.
An Activity Manual on Skills in undertaking local livelihood activities, especially handicrafts and foods which rely on ABD, were also developed and provided some very tangible results in the form of e.g. the multiplication of indigenous fruit-tree gardens, such as makjong (pear), makkhai (prune) and fish breeding extension of the native carp.
The curriculum has been confirmed, approved, and used in 4 Districts in Xieng Khouang and are together with ABD-related school activities resulting in increased awareness among children.
Key results include:
- The ABD curriculum was approved by the Ministry of Education and Sport, Nr 4843 of 9/09/2012, and this is the first Province that has developed and uses this type of curriculum in its daily teaching
- The curriculum has been implemented in 9 schools in 4 districts
Some recommendations from a recent review include:
- The Provincial Department of Education should use the curriculum in all of its schools, not just the TABI supported schools.
- TABI should support the further development of the curriculum – review and improve the current and make new titles/lessons, and make text specifically for students.
- TABI should support printing more copies of the curriculum.
- Need to provide training to teachers in the understanding and use of the Curriculum