When? 17-20 November 2014.
Where? Holiday Garden Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
How? The event will be facilitated in English adopting a participatory style. Although feedback to the room will be in English, participants will be encouraged to use whichever language they are most comfortable with when working in smaller groups. One day will involve a field trip to see some environmental solutions in action.
Costs? As with previous LEAD CoP events, lunch and snacks will be provided but all other costs are the responsibility of participants. The hotel has given us preferential room rates of: Tower Wing Executive Superior 950 Baht, Garden Zone Superior 800 Baht (per room, 2ppl max).
Every language community represented within the LEAD community of practice is experiencing pressing environmental and ecological problems, ranging from erosion and degradation of land, rampant and (usually) illegal deforestation, loss of provisioning from previously freely-available ecosystem services, to climate change and its current and future impacts. A great many of these problems impact directly upon our ability to effectively engage in language and education programmes and other development activities. At the same time, our focus on language and education presents a great many unique opportunities to positively influence the environment and sustainability.
Most people in the developing world are disproportionately affected by environmental problems. Unfortunately, these are also the very people who are least equipped to mitigate the causes and impacts or to adapt appropriately. Our model of working, focusing on supporting and equipping local communities to make decisions for themselves, can help ensure communities are well prepared to be stewards of their own environments.
In this community of practice event we plan to address many of the environmental issues faced by communities throughout Asia. We encourage you to be thinking about particular issues within your context and to come prepared to share about them—your struggles, your approaches towards solving them, what you’ve found successful and what hasn’t worked. Come expecting to learn about some environmental technologies and approaches that can help in your work with communities, as well exploring how we can incorporate rights-based approaches into our existing programmes. This may include producing advocacy materials on environmental issues in minority languages or incorporating environmental topics into existing MLE syllabuses.
We will also have a day-long field trip which will demonstrate some of the solutions we'll be discussing together.
Click here to view a draft timetable for the event.
To prepare yourself for the event, please click here to download a short activity, go through it together with your colleagues/team and then bring your responses with you.
What do we expect participants will take away from the event?
- The ability to identify major environmental issues that are prominent or emerging in communities where you are working and to know where to start looking for possible solutions.
- An increased ability to identify and relate well with partner organizations who are involved in environmental work (especially those we will come to rely on for environmental components of our programs).
- Links to other organisations already doing environmental work in Asia (and beyond).
- Knowledge of educational resources and tools on the environment and how to access them—both formal and non-formal, resources for environmental literature production, for integration into MLE programs, etc.
Who should attend?
Anyone working with marginalised communities: language, education and community development program staff, field representatives from partner organisations, and community members themselves.
- Register is now closed. Registration is free and includes lunch and snacks during the event and a day trip to visit an environmental project.
- Book your accommodation directly with the venue. Click here to submit your reservation request. Add "(LEAD Asia)" after your surname when completing the online reservation form.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests for visa invitation letters. Any visa letter requests must be received by September 30th at the latest. Also please let us know if your travel dates change at a later date.
- Read pages 77-86 of the IBCD Guide to familiarise yourself with some of the ideas around the environment and identity-based community development.
Any further questions?
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