Illustrated series of booklets to increase young people's understanding of the
environment and sustainable use of natural resources

Purpose:

To explain to young people the links between their behaviour and their environment and how Natural Resources (with emphasis on Grassland) should be used sustainably. An illustrated story makes learning and teaching more attractive and easy.

Aims:

  • To explore links between people’s activities and the natural resources of their region
  • To help young people appreciate their own environment
  • To help them become actively responsible for it
  • To enable them to protect and improve productivity of their land
  • To encourage them to share what they learn with their communities

Content:

All booklets are prepared in collaboration with an international institution, and AGPC and other FAO Divisions provide technical content.

Booklets are carefully illustrated using local landscapes, animals, vegetation; and people’s features, dresses, housing and social behaviour are described under the supervision of local teachers and sociologists.

Method:

Before printing the final version booklets go through a careful field test (this means they are used by teachers over a two month period) and comments and feed back are incorporated into final version.

Outputs:

1. The first illustrated booklet of the series was prepared in Arabic in collaboration with a field project. A notebook, a teacher’s guide and a coloured flip chart complete the package.
The theme is Creation and Maintenance of a Wildlife Reserve [Arabic]. Also see Discovering the Talila Reserve [English]

2. The second one was prepared in collaboration with UNEP and SDAR in English for East Africa, with focus on Pastoral Lifestyle and use of the Savannah [English]. A Teacher’s Guide completes the booklet.

3. The third one was prepared with ICIMOD in collaboration with FORC for the Himalayan Region. The focus is on Natural Resource Management and Watershed Management with the title Discovering the natural resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. There is also a Teacher’s Guide.

4. The fourth one is in French for the Sahel with SDRE, SDAR, and UNEP. Focus is on Integration of Agriculture and Pastoral Systems with the title Tous ensemble pour l'avenir du Sahel.