Field trips to high school in the remote areas of Vinh Long and Can Tho

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STUDENTS AT THOI LAI HIGH SCHOOL ARE HOLDING THE NOTEBOOK WITH INFORMATION OF MEKONG RIVER Photo: Ly Van Loi

By NGUYEN KHIEM (The Voice of Vietnam Youth)
We, the Mekong Delta Youth understand, that no studying is no knowledge, but learning without practicing is even worse. Continuing the first phrase of the Unlimited Youth Collaboration for Developing A Sustainable Mekong River Project, is funded by Oxfam, we held two trips to the rural areas where 20 of our youths  disseminated knowledge they attained from the first activity. Moreover, this is a chance for them to build a network with the younger generation and to evoke passion in protecting the Mekong Delta.

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF HIEU NHON, VINH LONG PROVINCE Photo: Ly Van Loi

There were 80 participants – 40 males and 40 females – from two different high schools, one from Can Tho City and another from Vinh Long province. They took part in our second activity, which took us approximately two months to prepare. . Our youths had created various interactive games and activities, from the knowledge they gained in the first workshop, to educate the local students about the detrimental impacts from the Don Sahong Dam.

These are the three main activities that our youths held at the high schools:

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KHMER STUDENT IN HER TRANDITIONAL CLOTHES IS PRESENTING ABOUT LIVELIHOOD IN THE MEKONG DELTA THEME Photo: Nguyen Khiem

To start the programme: A photo exhibition of 20 pictures that illustrate four different themes – General Information of the Mekong River, The Livelihood Along the Mekong River, Hydropower Dam’s Impacts and The Mekong Delta.

During this stage, high school participants had to collect information to come up with an idea to paint their own picture of the Mekong Delta for the follow-up activity. Participants expressed their understanding of the Mekong through their arts. The third activity was an uninterrupted game.

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A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IS PRESENTING ABOUT HYDROPOWER DAM’S IMPACTS IN UP AND DOWNSTREAM AREAS. Photo: Ly Van Loi

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school” – Albert Einstein

Some people think knowledge is what remains after they have forgotten everything they have learned in school. Indeed, this was what the participants experienced after the three hour programme. Sitting around in a circle, participants discussed and shared the information they gained and how grateful they felt to have this learning experience.  What they have learned was more than what we all expected.

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THE LAST SHARING EMOTION Photo: Ly Van Loi

“I just realized that there are a lot of things happening in the delta, which is damaging our peaceful homes” – A student from Thoi Lai High School said.

Ending on a bright note, this program brought the  youth together for future collaboration in protecting the delta.  Twenty youths had  a chance to actively learn, educate, and build a community to positively change the environment.

As one of the members of the Mekong Delta Youth Group said,

“We commit ourselves to protect the Mekong River together”

So we, “Cam kết cùng nhau bảo vệ Sông Mê Công”

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