A scientific- educational workshop to conserve the Anzali Wetland was held in presence of 34 leaders of educational group of primary education, and Deputy of Primary Education in cooperation with Department of Environment (DOE), Education Organization (EO), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Anzali Wetland Environmental Education Center located in 1st December 2016 Selke Wildlife Refuge.
In this program, Mr. Hosseinzadeh, Deputy of Primary Education explained about the importance of environment and favorite solutions in training the teachers through preparing the educational contents in form of brochures and environmental contents for Peyke-Nouruzi and Citizen Right booklet, and Added that this department is ready to provide the environmental education training through strengthening of Environmental Secretariat located in Technology and Elementary Education Departments as well as training primary teachers and students of primary levels.
Then Mr. Watanabe, the Environmental Education and Anzali Wetland Conservation Expert from JICA Expert Team, presented the comparative study of educational strategies in Japan and transferring this process to Anzali Wetland. Referring the Environmental Education background in Japan, he explained about the environmental education in Japan through school curriculum, expanding and improving these activities in educational and working atmosphere, and added good achievement have been made by NGOs and Government for Japanese society during the 40 years following up that implemented actions to eliminate population and protection of natural heritage and wetlands are among those achievements. Emphasizing that Japan gives special priority for implementing the experienced based environmental education programs noted that based on the result, these type of programs have positive impact on students morality and sense of justice.
Leaders of Educational groups went to bird hide and watching tower for bird watching. Ducks, Gulls, Egrets and Cormorants were observed by using the telescope and binoculars.
Afterward, Mr. Ghezel Hossayni, Head of Environmental Education Division of DOE Gilan, explained the institutionalizing the citizenship behaviors on environment and stated that, following the friendship culture and restoring the national and religious values that exist in Iranian basic cultural training we can grasp the main goal which is respecting the environment and finding the conserving strategies. He pointed out the implemented activities to conserve the Anzali Wetland, and added that the Anzali Wetland Management System can be as a model to conserve other wetlands in Iran or even in other areas, so through these management, the wetland resources can be used as the natural heritage with an emphasis on the wise us.
Firstly teachers should be trained how to conduct environmental education for the Anzali Wetland conservation especially through experiential program. In next step, trained teacher should conduct EE program for their students. JET supports to conduct experiential program for students as a joint pilot activity under the project.