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Introducing PRA techniques in the learning of environmental education in Southern Peru (PLA 40)

The authors describe the participatory techniques used in environmental education in order to raise environmental awareness amongst young people in the 'Victor Mayuri' public school of Calana, in the department of Tacna in Southern Peru. The project is called 'Asignatural Experimental de Educacion Ambiental' (Experimental Course in Environmental Education), and is part of the official curriculum of the school, having been accepted by the Ministry of Education. The course involves two hours of interactive teaching-learning per week. This article presents some of the participatory techniques used in the project.

This article was published in PLA 40: Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment (February 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.

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