Vietnam – Watching and learningThe Yenbai plant in northern Vietnam showcased its calcium carbonate operation on March 29th, 2010. The objective was to highlight the plant’s commitment to sustainable development and to forge stronger bonds with the local community.
A half-day event was organized for 55 participants, including teachers and pupils from three local schools. As well as organizing the 40-kilometer journey to the quarry and dealing with a few cases of travel sickness, preparations involved making sure active teenagers could tour the site in safety. Visitors were able to watch jaw crushers and conveyers at work from a safe distance. A series of posters made for the occasion explained mining operations and product applications for the white marble produced at Yenbai.
To help the students remember what they saw, a series of crosswords and jigsaw puzzles was produced. Students were divided them into three groups so the schools could compete against each other.” The games also helped the students with their English lessons. The visit - covered by the local TV station - ended with the planting of 30 indigenous trees in a nursery garden. In addition to their newly acquired knowledge, the visitors went away with toothpaste and notebooks, all made using fine white marble.