Project Locations: Chongqing
Situated at the eastern limits of the Sichuan Basin and the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, CHONGQING is not only a famous water transport hub but is also well known for its historical and cultural heritage. Among the 30+ million population are numerous ethnic groups, including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, You and Tujia. Becoming independent from Sichuan in 1997, Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality, under direct control of the central government.
Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, and abundant flora and fauna. Historically, most of Chongqing’s transportation, especially to eastern China, is via the Yangtze River which runs through the whole area from west to east, covering a course of 665 kilometres, cutting through the Wushan Mountains at three places and forming the well-known Three Gorges: the Qutang, the Wuxia and the Xiling.
• Water School for a Living Yangtze
Shangri-la Institute is working with a 5 primary and middle schools in Chongqing. So far two teacher-training workshops have been held here involving more than 75 teachers and community educators.
The Middle School Affiliated with Southwest China Normal University joined the Water School for a Living Yangtze project in 2009 and is a leading example of how to incorporate environmental protection into the lives of students. With the slogan: ‘to protect the environment, I should start with myself’ they aim to make green living and sustainability an integral part of the school’s facilities and curriculum.
Also joining in 2009 is Nan’an Qiao primary school situated at the foot of Mount Tu, where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers meet. This school has worked to raise awareness among both students and teachers by organising many activities and events including: ‘Greening the Yangtze River’, ‘The disappearing Begonia stream’ and ‘Cherish the Earth & Protect Water Resources’. Through a series of education activities about ‘Integrating Local Culture to Promote the Sustainable Management of Community Water Resources’, teachers, students and members of the local community were made aware of river protection and water shortage management, enabling them to take action in conservation.
• Climate Change Education
Currently one primary and one secondary school in Chongqing are taking part in the Climate Change Education project. By combining classroom teaching with extra-curricular activities, both teachers and students are encouraged to find fun and innovative ways to learn about climate change issues. Apart from developing school-based teaching materials, they also carry out small research projects and organise community activities such as creating energy-saving equipment and an animation society.
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