ProCEEd joins the first annual Education and Job Fair in Nakai

The ProCEEd team of Khammouane province joined the first Nakai Education and Job Fair on 18 November 2017. This one-day event gave ProCEEd a chance to present its work in the province, discuss environmental issues with locals, and network with other active organizations and projects. This premier of an annual job and education event was organised by the local youth groupHappy Nakai in collaboration with district and provincial authorities. They proposed that this fair should “bring forward people’s hopes and dreams for a bright future.” During the fair, government-related sectors, businesses,

development partners, NGOs and local people worked together to create innovative ideas and explore partnerships. The Provincial Governor of Khammouane chaired the event and also gave the opening speech.


The organisers said the focus of this fair was todemonstrate the importance of education and knowledge-sharing
and how these can lead to new opportunities for jobs, businesses, and rural communities. It was organised as a local and bottom-up initiative, where all stakeholders who work in sustainable development came together to realise a common vision.


The fair offered dynamic elements, with various discussion groups, activities and performances on a number of different topics, such as inclusive business development, vocational education, job opportunities, sport, art, culture, environment and sustainability.


ProCEEd was offered its own booth in the environmental and sustainability section of the exhibition. There the team had the opportunity to show some of their non-formal education materials, such as games, cartoons and posters. A corner with a wildlife memory card game and jigsaw puzzles about forest protection soon became a magnet for many children at the fair.


There was also a table with informational material from ProCEEd, which served as a nice eye-catcher and a place for informative talks and small discussions with passing visitors.


Other organizations who work on environmental protection and awareness raising also accepted the invitation to the fair, making it easy for ProCEEd staff to connect with people who work for similar interests and find potential areas for future cooperation.


ProCEEd not only introduced itself as a local project and showed its work at the Nakai Job and Education fair— the team also made many new impressions on visitors and strengthened its network in the province. ProCEEd looks forward to the second round of this event in 2018.