Conservation and maintenance of a healthy environment are the responsibilities of all levels of the community. However, basic knowledge and awareness of environmental issues are necessary for the community to actively participate both in conservation programmes, or better and more sustainable environmental management through daily activities.
One of YEL’s roles and moral responsibilities within the framework of environmental conservation is to educate and to raise awareness of communities on the importance of conservation and better environmental management. This is achieved through various environmental education programmes.
When providing environmental education, YEL’s Education Division particularly targets communities living around conservation areas through its Outreach and Education (OE) Mobile Unit Programme and through an environmental education facility, the Environmental Education Centre-Bohorok (EEC-Bohorok), located in Bukit Lawang in the Province of North Sumatra.
In addition, YEL’s Education Division conducts awareness campaigns not only through the implementation of advocacy programmes and through assistance to the communities around conservation areas, but also through school visits, the establishment of community-based libraries or reading rooms, and community radios, as well as other community development programmes.