Integrating wildlife protection into school curriculum

Ho Chi Minh City, dated 6th December 2013 – Wildlife At Risk (WAR) cooperated with Binh Thanh District Department of Education and Training (DOET) of Ho Chi Minh City DOET to organise a workshop on integrating wildlife protection into Biology Subject for Grade 7. The workshop included a sample lesson for students of Truong Cong Dinh Secondary School and introduction of the plan for integrating wildlife protection into the curriculum. Instruction materials and teaching aids for the plan were also introduced.Participating in the workshop were representatives of Ho Chi Minh City DOET, leaders and all biology subject teachers of Binh Thanh DOET, leaders of Tan Phu and Binh Tan District DOETs, teachers and students of Truong Cong Dinh Secondary School, and leaders and staff of WAR.At the workshop, the sample lesson on Fish Diversity was successfully delivered to students of Grade 7. Teachers were also guided on how to use the instruction materials and teaching aids.  Comments on the supporting materials were also collected.According to this integration plan, wildlife protection will be integrated into ten lessons of Biology Subject Grade 7, in order to educate children about beauty and value of Vietnam’s wildlife, the threats it faces and action each student can take to protect wildlife. The content also aims to foster student’s attitude towards wildlife protection and prepare them to take part in wildlife protection.The instruction material entitled “Wildlife Protection – A Guide on how to integrate it into Biology Subject Grade 7” includes detailed guidelines and ten sample lessons that helps the teacher to integrate wildlife protection into each lesson.  Each sample lesson also includes general information on each animal group for the teacher’s reference.  Together with the instruction materials is a set of 54 high quality live photos sized 21X29cm of endangered wildlife and the threats it faces, and ten video clips, each three to five minutes long, which were developed from 600 live photos of approximately 400 wildlife species and their threats.  The material and the teaching aids were developed based on a need assessment conducted with biology subject teachers of Binh Thanh DOET. The content was carefully designed so that it aligns with the official curriculum of Biology Subject Grade 7 and does not create pressure on lesson length.  All integration content was carefully considered so as to be practical, update and suitable to the students.According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Viet Tu, Vice Director of Binh Thanh DDOET, “The integration of wildlife protection content into Biology Subject Grade 7, supported by the instruction material and the set of teaching aids not only provides children with further knowledge and practical information on Vietnam’s wildlife but also helps the lesson to be more attractive and effective, and thus the students will pay more attention to Biology Subject and be willing to take part in wildlife protection”.Ms. Do Thi Thanh Huyen, Wildlife Education Manager – WAR, emphasized that: “Educating children on wildlife protection is a long term and sustainable solution in order to create the next generation who love nature and will be ready to take part in wildlife protection.  WAR expects that the integration of wildlife protection into Biology Subject Grade 7 will be practiced widely in Ho Chi Minh City and throughout the country.  The Instruction material and the teaching aids will be updated regularly to reflect teachers’ needs and thus ensure their effectiveness”.In this academic year 2013-2014, this integration of wildlife protection in Biology Subject Grade 7 will be applied to all secondary schools in Binh Thanh District and some secondary schools of Tan Phu and Binh Tan Districts. Please see some photos of the parade here, and full press release hereAdditional informationAbout WARWildlife At Risk (WAR) is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Vietnam by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species and their habitats.  Founded in 2003 in Vietnam, WAR focuses on working in three areas including (1) Enforcement Programmes, (2) Conservation Programmes and (3) Wildlife Education Programmes.Instruction material entitled “Wildlife Protection – A Guide on how to integrate it into Biology Subject Grade 7”The Vietnamese language material of more than 80 pages includes three chapters.  Chapter 1: Integration Fundamentals includes basic information on Vietnam’s wildlife, some positive teaching methodologies and the legal structure of integrating wildlife protection into Biology Subject Grade 7. Chapter 2: Integration objects, content and address includes a detailed information on object, content and where to integrate wildlife protection content for each of ten lessons of Biology Subject Grade 7.  Chapter 3: Sample lessons is ten sample lessons of integration including: Animal World, Insect, Fish, Amphibians, Reptile, Bird, Bat, Carnivore, Rodent, Hoof, Primate, and endangered animals.  Each sample lesson was designed based on a standard lesson plan that included lesson objectives, preparation, and teaching and learning activities.  Each sample lesson also includes general information of the animal group for teachers to refer to.  The material also includes an evaluation form for the teacher to take important notes on the integration programme.Set of teaching aid toolEach integration lesson includes three to eleven live colour photos sized 21X29cm of Vietnam’s wildlife and the threats it faces and detailed species information.  The colour photos were packed in a manner that eases teachers in using the photos.  Each lesson also includes one video clip of three to five minutes long which were developed from approximately 60 live photos of approximately 40 wildlife species and the threats against it. The large photos, video clips and all photos of the video clips were copied into an attached DVD.Links to video clipsBài 1: Thế giới động vật đa dạng phong phú: http://youtu.be/zQeCHhN1rms
Bài 27: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Sâu bọ: http://youtu.be/L-ateJ0kw6w
Bài 34: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Cá: http://youtu.be/MDtkINtL4yA
Bài 37: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Lưỡng cư: http://youtu.be/r3mW66xWXRk
Bài 40: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Bò sát: http://youtu.be/mTyctLs3fWo
Bài 44: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Chim: http://youtu.be/vuB92-RfSko
Bài 49: Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của lớp Thú (Bộ Dơi và Bộ Cá voi): http://youtu.be/5EeSrBBWNKYBài 50. Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của Lớp thú – Bộ Gặm nhấm và Bộ ăn thịt: http://youtu.be/M4_P6YGJMDEBài 51. Đa dạng và đặc điểm chung của Lớp thú – Bộ Móng guốc và bộ Linh trưởng: http://youtu.be/HJ6lnIe158ABài 60. Động vật quý hiếm:http://youtu.be/JVCCsZPwpcASOS programmeSOS Programme for acedamic year 2013-2014, includes three components including (1) SOS mobile exhibition that was launched in Devember 2011, Visiting Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station and Integrating Wildlife Education into Biology Subject grade 7. 

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