Education ministry pushes for Environmental Education

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BANGKOK, 23 August 2019 – The Ministry of Education is calling for the opening of more eco-schools to raise awareness of the need for world protection among schoolchildren.

A conference on environmental education reforms was organized by Chulalongkorn University and the United Nations Environment Program as a brainstorming session among representatives of all relevant sectors, such as the UNESCO and embassies. The Ministry of Education plans to promote environmental studies while curricula on environmental education will be revised accordingly.

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Permanent Secretary Wicharn Simachaya, said today that environmental education is at present only in the classroom without a field study aspect, and is a non-compulsory subject. He said that environmental studies should be included in the curricula as soon as possible.

All proposals from the conference will be submitted to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. Schools may exchange experiences in environmental education with one another while the number of eco-schools might increase over time. There are now 233 eco-schools, a number considered very small, and accounting for less than 1% of all schools nationwide, according to the Department of Environmental Quality.