EEAL aims to inspire Lao citizens to contribute to and benefit from a healthy, clean and sustainable environment, which is built upon a strong foundation of environmental awareness, knowledge, responsibility and environmentally friendly practices. In the future, the EEAL network aims to see
environmental education valued as an essential strategy and approach for achieving sustainable development in Lao PDR;
strong cooperation among different sectors in working together as collaborative partners in advancing environmental education and in solving Laos’ environmental challenges;
a high level of local environmental education capacity in both formal and non-formal education sectors;
informed, motivated, and innovative leaders in environmental education that reflect a balance of gender representation;
a more educated and engaged population that is actively involved in civic life and understands their roles and responsibilities in protecting the environment;
increased international donor and domestic private sector support for using environmental education to address environmental and social issues and help the Lao government and people achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
EEAL brings together individual and organizational leaders in environmental education, communication and awareness raising. In a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and partnership, the people and organizations working together in this informal network strive to accelerate the development and spread of EEA methods and tools for achieving sustainable development. The organizations committed to EEAL work with educators, government officers, civil society leaders and volunteers, social enterprises and private sector companies, as well as international development cooperation partners to advance its goals.
1. Build professional capacity in EEA at different levels to strengthen and diversify the field of environmental education, and advance environmentally friendly awareness, understanding, practices and lifestyle choices.
2. Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among all network members to advance the use of EEA in non-formal and formal education, environmental conservation and management, and sustainable development.
3. Champion EEA through policy, communication, and outreach measures so that it becomes mainstream in public and private life in Lao PDR
4. Facilitate and support organizations committed to EEAL to mobilize funding from a variety of sources, including the international donor community, government funds and grants, and private sector corporate social responsibility CSR and other sources.
EEAL is focused on four key strategic areas:
Making the service case of environmental education and awareness: More effectively articulate and demonstrate the business case for how & why a EEA Service Model can fulfill the critical environmental education, awareness, communication and facilitation needs of development projects in Laos;
Building environmental literacy in terms of environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior change: Provide support for organizations committed to EEAL, volunteers, and partners to take part in learning and sharing opportunities to increase EEA competencies in their organizations and throughout the country;
Strengthening and diversifying involvement in EEAL: Increase outreach and relevance among all sectors of society, i.e. government, CSOs, youth and formal education institutions, and the private sector.
Integrating Gender Equity and Inclusion into into all aspects of EEAL's work.