Forest on Blackboard

The "Forest on Blackboard" project is affiliated with FORRU-CMU and is being run largely by one of our former education officers, Joy, with support from the Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF), funded by Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program of Toyota Motor Corporation.

This  initiative follows on from our former work with the Elephant Conservation Network in Kanchanaburi Province and is to develop environmental education materials, with a local context, for school children and their teachers there.

The material covers forest biodiversity and conservation for sustained forest management near one of Thailand's most important conservation sites, the Western Forest Complex, Kanchanaburi. 

Two Wildlife Sanctuaries and 7 National Parks are located in Kanchanaburi Province, including part of the World Heritage Site, Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries. Major threats include habitat degradation from illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, wild fires, infrastructure development, mining and poaching of wildlife.

"Forest on Blackboard"  has developed environmental education materials and produced example activity plans for teachers. In the last period of the project (2012-2013), we produced a “Teacher’s Manual for Environmental Education in Kanchanaburi” for primary schools (grades 4-6). This book integrates science wth social studies, within the local context, increasing understanding of the value of natural resources and forest ecosystems for sustainable management.

We enjoyed great collaboration with Kanchanaburi Primary Education Service Area Office 1.  Mr.Jamnong  Yodkam, Director (Ex Director at present) was assigned to Dr. Jirawan  Nakpat, School Supervisor to advise our project.  Moreover, we worked well with 7 schools in the Wang Dong-Chong Sa Dao Schools Network, under Kanchanaburi Primary Education Service Area Office 1.  Teachers helped to brainstorm ideas and commented and tested teaching materials in classrooms.

The “Teacher’s Manual for Environmental Education in 
Kanchanaburi” has already been distributed to every primary school in Kanchanaburi Province, all District Centres of Kanchanaburi Provincial Office of Non-formal and Informal Education,  University Libraries in Thailand and to some interested teachers in Central and Western Thailand.

We also received support from SCG Foundation to produce the Students' Manual, which will be used, together with our Teachers’s manual.  


Lesson 1 Geography in Kanchanaburi
•   General information about the geography of Kanchanaburi Province
•   Limestone Mountains; the link between caves, streams, waterfalls and swamps.
•   Hot Springs, Fault lines and Sinkholes.

Lesson 2  Biodiversity
•   Meaning and use of biodiversity.
•   The variety of wildlife species in Kanchanaburi Province. 

Lesson 3  Relationships between Living things and the Environment
•   Interspecific Interactions and Food Webs
•   Food chains in the school yard.
•   Game - who eats whom? 

Lesson 4  Environmental Problems in Kanchanaburi
Air Pollution, Pesticides and Bio-Control, Lead Mining and Wild Elephants

Lesson 5  Forest Conservation and Biodiversity
•   The community's role in conservation of Huay    Sapan Community forest
•   The government's role; both in-situ and ex-situ    in Kanchanaburi Province.

Lesson 6  Recommended Media

In the next phase, we will develop the teacher’s manual for the secondary schools, as well as exercises for students to learn about their local environment. Now, we are working with 7 secondary school teachers to develop the Teacher’s Manual.  

Tidarat T. Chupraphatthasri (Joy)
Project Manager of Forest on Blackboard Project