Eco games

Learning about pollution and litter

Ly and Thang Eco lodge try to keep the beauty of the area with organising ‘ECO-games’. Children from the local schools have to walk a route of 2 KM, the group with the most kilograms of litter wins! SaPa-Eco lodge provides the winning group a price: study material for the whole group on school. Books about pollution and learning about litter and how to live ‘ecological’. All the gathered waste goes with a truck for environmentally friendly processing.

Environmental school campaign

Litter takes years to break down. It releases pollutants into the air, water, and soil and can impact wildlife. Thang and Ly Ecolodge organising ‘ecogames’ to teach whole schools in their surrounding villages about the harmful impacts of litter on the environment and animals. The combined School Grounds Clean Up Campaign is an excellent way to educate students about the negative impacts of litter on the environment and how they can help to make a difference in their community.

Develop

Make the difference

School grounds and community clean up events make a difference. These actions, although small, have significant positive impact on the environment and demonstrate the power of working together. In fact, if only 5% of the Hmong population picked up 1kg of litter in one day, 50.000 kg of garbage would not pollute our environment.

Advise

Advising from our homestay to schools at three levels:

  • Primary school (Kindergarten to Grade 3)
    Learning Activity: Trash Trails
  • Junior/Intermediate school (Grade 4-8)
    Learning Activity: Traveling Trash
  • Secondary school (Grade 9-12)
    Learning Activity: Who Cares? Environmental/Activists Bulletin Board. They will be participating in a School Grounds Clean Up Campaign to demonstrate our commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable world.

Inspire

There are several opportunities to involve the whole school community in School Grounds Clean Up activities and campaigns. School EcoTeams can develop and present the following events and initiatives:

  • Whole school assembly
  • Student eco- themed skits
  • Talent show/ coffee house
  • Student featured videos and presentations
  • Speaker series
  • Student organized info booths
  • Eco-themed spirit day

Trash Trials

Students become material scientists and experiment with items found on the schoolyard and in the classroom trash bin. The goal of this lesson is to identify the various material properties of everyday objects and to categorize objects based on their material properties. The suggested follow-up activities allow students to apply this knowledge to a creative design challenge.

Traveling Trash

What happens to the litter that's left behind? In the Ocean, circular ocean currents carry trash to one location in the middle of the ocean. Estimates vary, but it's reported that this "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" ranges from the size of Vietnam to the size of the continental China. This series of science experiments will develop students' understanding of ocean currents and what types of litter persist longest on their oceanic journey.

Who cares? Environmental eco games

As a class, students will examine a Vietnamese environmental organization. The Ecolodge-homestay will arrange a truck for transport 24 tons of litter to this organization.

In pairs or small groups, students will walk trails in their surrounding villages collecting litter together. The class who has the most litter wins. The Ecolodge-homestay gives out study books to the winning team.