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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Building a generation of critical thinkers and fostering a sense of connection are what Candice’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, Candice is encouraging new advocates for the environment and empowering them to make changes in their world.
Terence has been running the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles and working with the Unisey Centre for Environment and Education (UCEE) for many years. He is a long-standing grant recipient from the Foundation. His work has been to make the wonders of the natural world, and the incredible heritage of Seychelles, available to children and young adults. By learning and immersing themselves in nature, Terence hopes to guide children to the best environmental solutions and help older youth on a path to study the natural world at university.
Jonas works in one of the world’s marine wonders, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia – but his heart knows that social justice and environmental conservation go hand-in-hand. His project therefore aims to build a safe learning centre to provide free education to children and teens, through his Child Aid Papua Foundation. Here, Jonas believes that local communities – many of whom have not benefitted from tourism and rapid development – will have a chance to learn about and understand their changing world. He wants to empower young people with skills to help implement their own change and direction.