PTTEP Teenergy… A Spirit of Conservation
Protecting nature and the environment is an urgent mission for the country, and young people are the key engine that will drive the movement forward.
PTTEP Teenergy is a project that improves the youths’ capacity to safeguard our natural resources by proving them with the opportunity to learn, practice and take hands-on actions to protect natural resources.
“Teenergy” comes from Teen + Energy. It’s an attempt to rally the power of the young generation to develop a spirit of conservation.
The project calls for youths at higher secondary level to take part in activities to learn about nature and to promote an understanding of the importance of nature and the environment
The project started in 2014 under the strategy of “3C: Cultivate-Create-Change” to cultivate consciousness of natural resource conversation and environmental responsibility among youths.
Cultivate in youths a consciousness for natural sources and the environment by creating learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Create knowledge for youths, reinforcing the spirit of conservation and promote the youth network’s readiness to take actions that will benefit society.
Change the community and society for the better by brainstorming ideas and taking actions
“Learning about value of the environment and nature and participating in the social activities ” at Khao Yai National Park is one of the activities in PTTEP Teenergy, held for the third consecutive year. It is an initiative of PTTEP in cooperation with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Office of the Basic Education Commission and the Foundation for Khao Yai National Park Protection.
Three-days-and-two-nights activities of PTTEP Teenergy Camp has also focused on embedding the nature conservation. The children will have a chance to hear stories from real conservationists such as Sasin Chalermlarp, chairman of Sueb Nakasatien Foundation, Professor Emeritus Dr. Pilai Poonswad, Thailand’s leading hornbill researcher and Dr. Patrapol Maneeorn, a respected veterinarian better known as Dr. Lot.
PTTEP Teenergy has expanded its mission. In the first year, the goal was to familiarise young people with the World Heritage Site of
Khao Yai and allow them to appreciate nature. In the second year, the goal was to train young people to be able to communicate the importance of natural conservation to other people, so they were taught to make video clips with a smartphone. In the third year, the mission is to train young people on how to organise their own camps and activities in their communities. So participants get to learn about social campaigning from scholars, while supporting youths who want to host their own camps. The pride of PTTEP Teenergy is the project has inspired many students to set up nature conservation projects in their own communities
In 2017, the forth iteration of the project, PTTEP expanded the project to cover all regions across Thailand and held camp activities in all 4 regions with PTTEP operations, including the North, Northeast, Central and South. The focus was to reinforce the spirit of conservation and to impart the wisdom of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy to the youth. In addition, 4 scholarships with an estimated value of Thai Baht 400,000 were also given to youths in all regions to continue their journey of learning on natural resource conservation.
The objective of the scholarships was to create a strong youth network in each region, ready to become a major driving force for social and environmental development.
No matter how the mission of PTTEP Teenergy expands in the years to come, the seeds of environmental conservation have been sowed and thriving spectacularly.
PTTEP has carried out analysis on Social Return on Investment (SROI) of this project by measuring the social impact of the program with the financial quantification calculation (monetization). This method is intended to measure the value of the financial impact of the program that compares to the value of the impact to the cost of the program that has been invested into. It appears that the value of the SROI ratio is 1.06 : 1.
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