Students from four faculties of the National University of Laos on Monday gathered at the Faculty of Forest Sciences for a debate to mark International Day of Forests (March 21).
The debate was held to broaden students' knowledge of forestry, develop their public speaking skills, and show younger students a new aspect of education.
This was the second year a debate was held to mark International Day of Forests.
This year it seemed they were more interested in the debate topics. The first was “Between people in towns and people in rural areas, who will better preserve forests?” while the second topic was “The government should spend more money on forest conservation than business development”.
The opening ceremony was attended by Vice Dean of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Dr Khamla Phanvilay, and lecturers and students from the faculties of Forest Sciences, Law and Political Science, Social Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.
Dr Khamla said it was hoped the debate would engender lively discussion and produce some interesting ideas in relation to social and economic development. He also thought it would be a good opportunity for students to share their knowledge. The objective of this year's debate was to generate a deeper understanding of the importance of forests.
The debate by students from the Faculty of Law and Political Science was supported by the European Union, Care and other international organisations.
The Faculty of Law and Political Science's debate group was headed by a third year student, Mr Thammasin Sithakham. He said the objective of the debate was to highlight the importance of forests and the environment, especially conservation.
Mr Thammasin added that the students held debates each year, covering various topics.
Last year, the Faculty of Law and Political Science also organised a debate to mark International Day of Forests.
The United Nations declared March 21 to be International Day of Forests in 2012