During the upcoming school holidays, a very exciting adventure will begin for Seychellois secondary school students: the SOSF Island School Seychelles Marine Explorers Level 1 programme! This programme aims to introduce young people to the marine environment, and enable them to explore different coastal habitats and the animals that live there. They will spend a great deal of time discovering the delights beneath the waves, snorkeling every day in the spectacular Baie Ternay Marine National Park.
The Marine Explorers Level 1 programme is a two-part programme based at Cap Ternay on Mahé. Two one-week programmes will be held this holiday and two more in December. Students will gain knowledge of the different threats facing our oceans and marine creatures, and will learn how to protect them through experiential outdoor learning, classroom-based activities and fun games.
In order to run such an incredible programme, one of the main ingredients we need is a group of amazing students – 24 of them to be exact. So during the month of July we visited nine secondary schools on three islands and told students all about the fun they could have during their school holiday by becoming marine explorers. The students had to fill out an application form and answer five questions on why they wanted to participate. The response was fantastic, and we received more than 100 applications. Now the challenge begins for our five judges from SOSF Island School Seychelles, Save Our Seas Foundation, the Seychelles Ministry of Education, the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Energy, and Global Vision International who will read through the entries so that our marine explorers can be selected.
Then the fun really begins! We can’t wait to meet the 24 marine explorers and start our marvellous marine discovery journey together.
We’re very grateful for the support of Global Vision International and the Seychelles National Parks Authority for hosting the Level 1 programme at Cap Ternay, and for the support of the Ministry of Education for organising our school visits and daily transport for the students. Thank you!