Mekong River is a major economic, transportation, cultural and environmental
resource for China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Some
people look at the river as an obstacle to be bridged. Some see it as
a source of food and work. Some see it as a place to swim, others as a
toilet or drain for their waste. We see it as a living classroom.
The Mekong River Education for Sustainability Project is a long-term proposal for schools on the banks of the river. It aims to develop students' awareness of how local and global factors affect them while at the same time empowering them to make sustainable choices for the future of the river.
The project has already started with two school boards in the northeast of Thailand and will expand to include other countries over the next five years. The project links students project work in various countries on both sides of the river to share their local work with each other. The students will communicate with each other in English. Students will also communicate with others in other parts of the globe to share their ideas and accomplishments.
The project objectives include: