Training course "Enhancing environmental protection capacity for the youth in Can Tho city"

From December 23 to 25, 2022, the Research Institute for Climate Change (DRAGON-Mekong), Can Tho University cooperated with the Youth Union, Can Tho University to organize component 1 of the training course " Enhancing environmental protection capacity for the youth in Can Tho city". This is an activity sponsored by the Office of Culture and Educational Information of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in the period from October 2022 to September 2023 at Can Tho University.  Shortly, component 2 activities are expected to be implemented at 02 high schools, namely Can Tho University Thuc Hanh Su Pham High School, and Thoi Lai High School.

Ms. Natella, Cultural Attaché of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, sends greetings and wishes for success in the training

The project is implemented to raise awareness and capacity for environmental protection and climate change response for students and students in Can Tho city. The training is implemented under the support of experts with major from emission reduction, environmental protection communication, climate change, and water resources. Including Dr. Luong Quang Huy is an expert on greenhouse gas emission reduction from the Department of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Ozone Protection, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Van Pham Dang Tri, Director of the DRAGON-Mekong Institute, lecturers from the College of Environment and Natural Resources, Can Tho University and the researchers DRAGON-Mekong Institute are in charge of the main teaching for the training course in related fields.

MSc. Lam Thi Hoang Oanh - Project Coordinator introduces the program and plan of the entire training course to students

In the first component, 77 students from Can Tho University's colleges and institutes registered to attend the training course. Students who attend the training course are equipped with knowledge about environmental protection, which improves their communication capacity in responding to climate change at home, school, and in the community. In addition to the knowledge provided by the lecture, students now have access to and familiarity with how to plan the activities of an environmental and climate change project, which can then be applied to develop projects based on their own ideas.

The participation of students in the training

During the three days of study, the students participated in five training sessions with experts, which included teamwork activities and high-value gifts to help students improve their soft skills. Students will also be able to demonstrate their strengths and identify strengths to promote as well as weaknesses to overcome as a result of these activities.

Assoc. Prof. Van Pham Dang Tri - Director of the DRAGON-Mekong Institute awarded certificates and rewards to students attending the training course

MSc. Tran Thi Thuy Tien - Secretary of the Youth Union of Can Tho University awarded certificates and rewards to students attending the training course

Here are some pictures from the training class:

Dr. Luong Quang Huy - Department of Climate ChangeMinistry of Natural Resources and Environment, shared the content "Measures to reduce GHG emissions to achieve the goal of Nationally determined Contributions"

Dr. Huynh Vuong Thu Minh - College of Environment and Natural Resources, shared the content "Effective and economical use of water resources in conditions of water scarcity"

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Thanh Giao - College of Environment and Natural Resources shared about "Practice and awareness of solid waste treatment in families, schools and communities"

Dr. Dinh Diep Anh Tuan – DRAGON-Mekong Institute shared about "Practice and awareness of solid waste treatment in families, schools and communities"


Teamwork and presentation of student results:



The project's agenda towards the United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals is as follows:




Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


By 2030, significantly increase the number of young people and adults with relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.


By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including through education on sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence,  global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and its contribution to sustainable development

Goal 6 – Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers, and lakes


By 2030, expand international cooperation and support capacity building for developing countries in activities and programs related to water and sanitation, including water harvesting, desalination, efficient water use, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies


Support and increase local community involvement in improving water and sanitation management

Goal 11 –  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, flexible and sustainable


By 2030, reduce the negative environmental impact per capita of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and managing municipal and other waste.

Goal 12 - Ensure sustainable production and consumption models


By 2030, significantly reduce the amount of waste generated through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the right information and awareness about sustainable development and a lifestyle in harmony with nature

Goal 13 – Urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Strengthening resilience and adaptation to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


Improve education, awareness, human capacity and institutions on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact mitigation and early warning


Promote mechanisms to improve effective planning and management capacity related to climate change in least developed countries and small island developing states, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

(News and photo: DRAGON-Mekong Institute)