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5 students and participants from thailand joined for the Wetland School Network (WSN) programme at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

19-ม.ค.-2555

 SANDAKAN MALAYSIA : Some of the 50 children from six Asian countries who spent five days at a camp here for the Wetland School Network (WSN) programme at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), 24km from here, were in tears when they bade farewell to each other over the weekend.

 Among them was a 12-year-old boy from China whose nickname was Roy.

In his farewell speech representing his country he said, “We are all a family and I’m sad today because we have to leave”.

 The participants of the camp were between 10 and 21 years old from the five WSN countries of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.

Bangladesh, an observer country, also sent participants to the camp.

During the evaluation session on the final day, the children expressed that they really enjoyed the whole programme and wished that there could be more of such events in the future.

Bernadette D Joeman, RDC manager and local organizing chair of this yearís WSN programme, told the Borneo Post yesterday that she was very pleased with the whole event in many ways.

“Firstly, every activity planned in the programme was carried out smoothly in spite of the rain every now and then.

“Wetlands International China was very happy with the outcome and this is a positive sign.”

She had told the children at a briefing on the first day that rule No 1 during the camp was that no one was allowed not to have fun.

“I believe that children learn the most when they are having fun. That’s why my team at RDC and I planned the programme with this in mind.

“I can see that the participants made good friends besides learning about wetlands, especially and the environment in Sabah in general,” she said in summing up the outcome of the week-long camp.

The WSN is a project undertaken by the Wetlands International China with funding from the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) with the objective of increasing the number of wetland schools in Thailand, Malaysia and China and further develop the network in the region.

The purpose of the three-year WSN programme (2008-2011) is to promote wetland conservation, increase awareness and the wise use of wetlands among teachers and children in Asia.

Special attention is paid to the East Asian and Southeast Asian region through the demonstration and sustainable development of the WSN in these five nations.

The previous WSN programmes were held in Zhanjiang city, Guangdong province in 2008 (Phase 1) and in Wuhan, Hubei province in China and Krabi in Thailand (Phase 2).

This year, Malaysia is the hosting country, selecting the RDC located within the Kalili-Sipilok Forest Reserve, as the venue for the programme.

One of the aims of this programme is to establish a Wetland School Network Coordination Committee (WSNCC) to make sure the sustainability of the network among wetlands schools in the five countries.

Chen Kelin, director of Wetlands International China, the chief organizer, officiated the closing of the programme  on Saturday morning, after speeches by representatives of children from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and         Malaysia.

The Japanese ambassador to Malaysia, Masahiko Horie and his wife were among guests present.

Other officials at the closing included Dr Robert C Ong, programme head of the silviculture section of the Sabah Forestry Department; Reiko Nakamura from Ramsar Centre Japan (RCJ); Pratheep Mekatitam, Wetlands International Thailand; Maurice Lineman, Ramsar Regional Centre for East Asia (RRC-EA), Korea.

There were a total of 13 speakers drawn from Malaysia and five participating counties of Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and Bangladesh.

 

Source : http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=106087

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