Forty kilometres west of Danang along the Cu De River, Nam Yen village in the Hoa Bac commune has emerged as a popular destination for community-based tourism and education among city day-trippers eager for tranquillity at the weekend.
The village of 2,000 is home to nature, traditional culture, “green” living and a “world learning education programme” – an approach to outdoor activities and practical lessons for college students.
The field education programme, initiated by the University of Science and Education under Da Nang University in 2014, has provided courses for thousands of students from colleges and universities in the city to help them explore natural heritage, from rural mountainous to coastal areas in central Vietnam, as well as offshore islands.
“Students enjoy free outdoor space rather than sitting in classrooms, ” said Dr Chu Manh Trinh, a nature conservationist.
“Students can experience things they can only see on screen at college. Young students learn and practise skills from farmers, fishermen, craftsmen and gardeners, who act as field lecturers.”
He added that as farmers often relied on their traditional skills and practices, the course would help teach them scientific innovation in boosting crop yields fill.
Villager Do Thi Huyen Tram has set up a homestay service in Nam Yen that has become a cross-culture rendezvous for the Co Tu ethnic villages.
“Local farmers from the three villages have started ‘green living’ practices with waste treatment and organic farming.
“Villagers have gradually recognised the importance of protected water related to safe water supply in Da Nang, ” she said.
Tram said farmers had gradually reduced the use of chemical fertiliser in agriculture by boosting composting and bio-fertiliser for crops.
Trinh added that students could offer climate change resilient ideas for local people in terms of building houses, disaster mitigated crops and improving community capabilities. — Vietnam News/ANN