Teachers Training for 2012 Sino-US Environmental Education Exchange Marks a Big Start at Future Generations Taoyuan MEC Honghe Community Center

On a brisk autumn morning of August 23rd, 2012, the opening ceremony of Teachers Training for 2012 Sino-US Environmental Education Sharing was held at the Future Generations Taoyuan Honghe Community Center. Taoyuan Model Eco-Community Project coordinator Mr. Wen Yongshun hosted the ceremony. Leaders of the Taoyuan County Forestry Bureau, leaders of the Department of Education and the representatives of Future Generations gave important speeches and enthusiastic remarks. Government officials of Lingjintan Town, journalists from Hunan Xiaoxiang Morning News and Hunan Economic TV also attended the ceremony.

Sponsored by Future Generations and the International Chinese Environment Foundation, The training project aims to strengthen Sino-US communication among teachers and institutions on environmental education, promote environmental education in primary and secondary schools in China and improve the interests and abilities of teachers on environmental education in primary and secondary schools. The team of experts participating in the training include: Mr. Al Stenstrup, Director of the Department of Education of U.S. environmental educational institution Project Learning Tree (PLT), Mr. Liu Deng, editor of People's Education Press and Director of Environment and Sustainable Development Education Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection as well as Mrs. Tan Lulu, Director of Sino-US Environmental Education Exchange Program and her team members. Twenty-five primary and secondary school teachers and environmental educators participated in the training, who came from Xi'an, Wuhan, Shanghai, Yunnan and Qinghai. Among them, teachers from schools in counties and towns around Hupingshan Nature Reserve, Taoyuan Yuanshui National Wetland Park were the focus of the training.

The three-day training program would adopt lively, experiential and interactive teaching methods to help Chinese teachers understand different ways of conducting environmental education in schools all over the world, and the influence such education has on students’ experience, thinking, creativity, cooperative skills, and leadership. The program also introduced a variety of green schools and eco-schools in the United States, and helped the teachers build a one-to-one, long-term communication platform with teachers on environmental education in the United States.