Project

Marine education in the Seychelles

Species
  • Marine Mammals
  • Other species
  • Rays & Skates
  • Sharks
  • Turtles
Years funded
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Status
  • Archived
Project type
  • Education
Affiliation
Description

People in the Seychelles are surrounded by a stunning ocean, which they are completely dependent on. Abbie’s programme inspires in children a sense of awe about the environment they are part of.

Marine education in the Seychelles

Abbie Hine

Project leader
About the project leader

Having grown up by the British seaside and spent hours messing about in the water and on boats and beaches, I suppose it was inevitable that the marine environment would continue to be a permanent feature in my life. Yet I’m not sure I could ever have imagined that it would give me the career, experiences and opportunities in some outstanding parts of the world that it has.

A childhood spent mostly outdoors ingrained into me the need to respect and care for nature and the environment. Even from a young age, I never questioned that I wanted to work in...

PROJECT LOCATION : The Seychelles
All news about this project
By Abbie Hine, 18th December 2013
Marine Education – from Seychelles to the world
This long-standing SOSF project (it been over 3 years now!) is well known within Seychelles. This has been mainly due to the wonderful collaboration with the Seychelles Ministry of Education who have enabled this marine education project to be a regular feature within the schools…
By Abbie Hine, 9th December 2013
Positive impact due to education!
For the last couple of months Maria has been helping out on this project. Here’s what she has made of it all….. I honestly feel very lucky to be part of the project; the sea is my passion and helping on this project in a…
By Abbie Hine, 3rd July 2013
Sun, sand, songs and Marine Awareness Fun!
We had sunshine, we had sand, we of course had songs and we had 15 primary children (and 2 teachers) having a lot of marine awareness fun! Today was a great morning, linking the connection that this project has with the Ministry of Education and…
By Abbie Hine, 14th June 2013
School, songs & smiles!
The last couple of weeks have been…..well for myself as Project Leader possibly a little energetic but hopefully for the kids (and teachers) a lot of fun with some learning too. In just five full days I have given Marine Awareness sessions with almost 1550…
By Abbie Hine, 20th May 2013
Marine Education on D’Arros – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
As Project Leader for a Marine Education Project here in Seychelles I sometimes feel I have the best job in the world. I spend time chatting to children, students, tourists, teachers and the general public about our incredible oceans. I sing marine related songs and…
By Abbie Hine, 18th April 2013
Marine Awareness while on vacation!
The SOSF partnership with the Kempinski Seychelles Resort had gone from strength to strength. As part of our marine awareness and education program, we have been offering guests at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort the opportunity to experience a guided snorkel with a marine educator. With…
By Abbie Hine, 17th April 2013
Marine Life Fun at the Museum
Saturday 6th April saw the first of the new monthly Marine Life Fun sessions for kids at the Natural History Museum in Victoria, Seychelles’ capital. The event is all part of SOSF’s Marine Education Project run by Abbie Hine and was run in collaboration with…
By Abbie Hine, 9th March 2013
Working together for Marine Awareness
As Project Leader and as an individual it is one of my key aims to get involved in as much as possible and subsequently get as many other people involved along the way. Of course being the Project Leader of a Marine Education project and…
By Abbie Hine, 4th February 2013
Get on Board & Protect our Oceans part 2!
As mentioned in our last blog we recently held a couple of informal (yet informative) Marine Awareness talks for yacht charter companies and dive operators here in Seychelles. The aim of these sessions was to get people from marine tourist related industries together to learn,…
By Abbie Hine, 7th January 2013
Get on Board & Protect our Oceans!
It might be the Seychelles School’s long summer holiday but the project out here is still busy! A fantastic collaboration between this marine education project and Kempinski Seychelles Resort at Baie Lazare has been established. This involves a weekly SOSF evening marine life talk for…
By Abbie Hine, 25th November 2012
Seychelles Festival of the Sea – Children’s Fun Day
The Seychelles Festival of the Sea (SUBIOS) Children’s Fun Day was held the day following the prize giving for the artwork, poem and story competitions. It was certainly a day for happy faces and fun activities down on the beach. Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF)…
By Abbie Hine, 23rd November 2012
Celebrating the Ocean through art, poems and stories
Every year the Seychelles officially celebrates the oceans during their SUBIOS (underwater) festival. The event is organised by the Seychelles Tourist Board, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment. For the third year running Save our Seas Foundation has been one of the main…
By Abbie Hine, 8th November 2012
Marine Education: no two days are the same!
It has to be said that rarely two days are the same when working in marine education. For a start no two classes of kids are the same; their questions, reactions, drawings and smiles are all different. Despite this the thing that remains the same…
By Abbie Hine, 3rd August 2012
What’s a group of Marine Educators called?
It’s all too easy to be caught up in the busyness of your day-to-day work and not take time to assess the effectiveness of what you are doing or whether a slightly different approach may work better. Keeping things fresh and upbeat is always crucial…
By Abbie Hine, 12th July 2012
Education for a Marine Educator!
It may appear that on a day-to-day basis the role of a marine educator is to educate others about the marine environment. This of course is true and without a doubt vitally important in our on-going quest to help protecting our oceans and marine life.…
By Abbie Hine, 15th June 2012
Children teaching children
As I head back to the sunshine and warmth of the Seychelles it’s time to think about the next 2 months and what has been achieved while I’ve been in the less than summery UK! Back in February and March while I was in Seychelles…
Project details

Marine education: a tool to conserve the Seychelles marine environment

Key objective

The purpose of this project is to use marine education as a tool to build awareness of the marine environment and its plight, and the concept of conservation in the Seychelles. There will be a particular focus on coral reefs, which have been severely degraded due to mass coral-bleaching events and other growing anthropogenic threats.

Why is this important

Environmental awareness is a key aspect of successful protection and management of marine ecosystems and their associated creatures. Through marine education, we can provide people with a greater understanding of marine resources and develop their conservation ethic. Marine education is an ideal vehicle for turning the tide towards improved environmental stewardship.

Background

Our oceans are home to some of the world’s most diverse and productive ecosystems. Increasing knowledge and understanding of marine creatures and ecosystems, and their value and fragility can motivate people to actively partake in marine conservation. It is important to focus on marine education in schools as improving the knowledge and awareness of young people can lead to improved marine conservation now and in the future.

The Seychelles is a country of outstanding natural beauty both above and below the water. It is, however, a country dependant on its natural marine resources, which are being depleted – as they are in so many places. This marine education and awareness project started in Seychelles during 2010 following successful school visits and educational talks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Maldives. The goal of this project during 2011 and 2012 is to provide marine education to all the schools in Seychelles and spread marine awareness throughout the country.

Aims & objectives

The general aim of this project is to help conserve the marine environment of Seychelles. To achieve this, our objectives are to use marine education to:

  • Build awareness of the marine environment and its plight, and the concept of conservation.
  • Raise awareness about coral reefs, specifically, and contribute towards the reduction of coral damage from anthropogenic impacts.
  • Renew the public’s feeling of ownership towards their natural marine resources.

To achieve the objectives described, marine education will be provided to all the schools in Seychelles through a specially designed programme. Education will also be provided through different forms of media, organised activities and presentations at numerous venues.