Project’s Name Sustainability Issues Metaverse for building Participatory Learning Environments (SIMPLE)
Project’s  Partners Institut de Recherche Pour le Developpement (Coordinator)
Can Tho University
National Science and Technology Development Agency
Location of the action Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Duration of the action 48 months from 1st May 2023 to 30th April 2027
Call EU ASEAN Green Partnerships
Contracting authority European Commission
Total costs 3.113.776,27 EUR
Co-funded by EU 2.498.250 EUR
Objectives The general objective of SIMPLE is to raise awareness of young audiences on the challenges of finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems by developing, testing, and delivering a “sustainability metaverse”, i.e., an infrastructure and a set of pedagogical methods based on immersive virtual reality environments, serious games, and scientific simulations.
SIMPLE will work in close cooperation with authorities, CSOs and educational actors in the Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) to test the relevance of these approaches, to enable
a better participation of young citizens and a better understanding of the impact of proposed policies on local case studies, selected for their importance and universality.

This general objective is broken down into three specific objectives:
SO1: Raise youth’s awareness on climate neutrality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity protection, and ecosystem restoration, circular economy, or ocean protection through the design of
educational immersive virtual environments.
SO2: Enable CSOs, educational actors, and institutions to reuse the tools and instantiate similar virtual environments targeting different sustainability issues.
SO3: Ensure stakeholder’s adoption of the tools, through educational approaches and communication campaigns in the implementation countries.

Target groups Youth (primary and secondary students): representative groups of students from both primary and secondary levels, from different environments (rural, urban, vulnerable communities, gender balanced groups).