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Seychelles: Academy by the Sea a Great Success!

4th September 2012

This year, the Save Our Seas Funds the ‘Academies by the Sea", a two-week marine education programmes for secondary schol

The Academies will develop the knowledge of marine life in Seychelles, their habitats and conservation, and introduce participants to the techniques researchers use to study them. The courses are based around learning in the marine environment with presentations and practical sessions in our Academy by the Sea at Beau Vallon and field work in a number of coastal areas around Mahe.

Organization is in the capable hands of the Marine Conservation Society of the Seychelles. This ‘Summer Camp’ programme is designed to encourage students to find out more about the marine world and become involved in local marine conservation projects. The costs of the Academies are covered by the Save Our Seas Foundation which also award 12 scholarship grants to cover the food and transport costs for 12 lucky students on each phase.

In order to be in with a chance to win a scholarship the children had to draw or write an essay under the theme of “Conserving Seychelles Marine Life”. Judging was a joint effort between SOSF and MCSS.

Save Our Seas Educator Paul Millar from South Africa hands out a bursary certificate

Save Our Seas Educator Paul Millar from South Africa hands out a bursary certificate

For 10 days between 13th to 24th August, 18 students aged 12-14 attended the first MCSS Academy by the Sea Marine Education Programme; and what a fun filled, action packed 10 days it was!

Jaymee's shark presentation

Jaymee’s shark presentation

And Oneal Tambou wrote a report of his first week during the second Academy by the Sea!

Oliver pulls out a plankton net

Oliver pulls out a plankton net

The Save Our Seas Foundation is extremely happy being able to raise education for sharks, rays and all other marine creatures and their environment in the Seychelles!

You can read the full reports in the project blogs:
Bursaries ceremony
Academy by the Sea gets Under Way
First Academy by the Sea a great success!
Oneal’s first week at the Academy!