On March 27, in Nakon Ratchasima province (Thailand), the Management Board Khorat Geopark organized an international training program on promoting learning for citizens in areas where have some of UNESCO heritage sites.
More than 70 participants attended the program, including: Management Body Khorat Geopark, Management Body Khao Yai National Park, Management Body Sakaerat Biosphere Reserves & Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, Northeast Research Institute of Mineral Resources and Fossil Wood, Nakhon Ratchasima province and the Geoparks of some countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, etc.
During 3 days (March 27-29), there were many activities of the Management Bodies such as: discussion sessions on connecting educational development, visiting photo exhibitions and some typical heritages. Management Body Dak Nong Geopark exhibited documents and presentated “Dak Nong UNESCO Global Geopark with Youth Education Activities” report. There was also a presentation by Ms. Duriya Amatwat – Director of SEAMEO Center – UNESCO representative in Bangkok; presentations of 3 Management Bodies and some of presentations from Geopark Management Bodies: Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos,… The discussion sessions received many questions from delegates to share experiences and values in effective heritage management and development towards long-term sustainability, especially community development activities and experiences in recognized heritage areas.
In the heritage area, education and connection activities were implemented effectively, regularly and diversely. These activitises attracted volunteers from local schools, domestic and international students come to participate in “learning while working”, self-employed to create funds such as selling soft drinks, souvenirs, … to raise the community’s self-awareness, contribute to protect and promote heritage values. The real-life experience that impressed us the most was the sowing and afforestation activities, exploring the national forest – biosphere reserves with a 3km-5km journey, meeting and exchanging about students’ biodiversity research programs; career activities.