Building a generation of critical thinkers and fostering a sense of connection are what Anshena’s work at the Cape Eleuthera Island School in The Bahamas is all about. By challenging children to seek out the answers to their questions themselves and enabling them to visit important marine ecosystems, Anshena is encouraging new advocates for the environment and empowering them to make changes in their world.
Paradise was my playground as a child. I hail from a quaint island settlement of only 300 people in The Bahamas. Pristine beaches, creeks, mangroves and blue holes were where I played during the summers, while tropical fruits and nuts provided my snacks. Weekend excursions with my grandmother to procure fish, land crabs, queen conch and spiny lobster were much anticipated events as we bonded then, and she shared her generational knowledge. I grew to love our environment and all that it could provide when properly cared for. Although I moved to the capital to attend high school,...
The purpose of this project is to support primary school students at The Lab School in reading growth and facilitate experiential learning outcomes for the National Science Curriculum, creating a model for education that can be replicated throughout The Bahamas. Additionally, we will provide each child with a healthy snack each school day.
The Lab School is a unique project and is the first public-private partnership launched with The Bahamas Ministry of Education and Cape Eleuthera Island School. At The Lab School we have the opportunity to innovate and reimagine the way education is delivered for children. We will document best practices and lessons learned to create a model that can be transferred and be successful in other schools.
The Lab School will have a significant emphasis on place-based learning that connects students more intimately with their environment and on-going efforts for sustainable development and environmental stewardship in South Eleuthera. We combine these efforts with interventions to support reading growth for the students we work with.
Early childhood literacy interventions have been shown to be significant predictors of later academic achievement and are the foundation for a child’s well-being and future towards becoming a productive member of society and having a successful career. Multiple studies have shown that the amount of engaged reading time a student is supported in per day can be used as a predictor of academic success across all other subjects.
The Ministry of Education’s goal for the Primary School Science Curriculum is to empower individuals to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers, visionaries, scientifically and technologically literate citizens who appreciate, interpret and conserve the natural and physical environment. We engage students in experiential learning to deliver the learning outcomes for Life Science and Earth and Space Science Curriculum as guided and defined by The Ministry of Education. During this program, students gain exposure to environmental stewardship and learn how to become environmental advocates and make a change in the world.
Tanja is learning where the flapper skate moves along the last vestiges of its home range on the Scottish west coast and trying to understand how this affects its genetic diversity. To find out how its declining populations can survive, she is introducing the paternity test to the shark world and exploring whether mating partners, siblings or whole clans are commonly in the same area or if they can be found in different places.
John is developing new ways to count endangered, white-spotted eagle rays in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Called close-kin mark-recapture, the method combines the latest in genomics and statistics to assess shark and ray populations. Once refined, the method may allow us to understand the scale of spotted eagle ray population declines
Protecting threatened species means knowing enough about their biology to make informed decisions about how to manage their populations. To help fill the gaps in knowledge about a highly threatened shark-like ray, Brooke will be investigating the biology of two populations of the Critically Endangered bottlenose wedgefish: one from South-East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia) and the other from northern Australia.