If we intend to preserve the environment for future generations to come, we have to start by educating our children. The CARIBSAVE Partnership just isn’t about improving the livelihoods of people and protecting the environment but it also has a keen interest in engaging our children, the future of tomorrow.
With that in mind, CARIBSAVE has partnered with Sandals Foundation and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to engage children across 7 Caribbean countries (Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and St. Lucia) with a marine programme called ‘Save our Seas.’ This exciting year long programme was launched in September 2015, and engages some 1,400 school youths in 36 schools from grades 6-8.
Photo (above) Students participating in the Save Our Seas School Program. Photo by Sandals Foundation.
The following are some of the participating schools in the programme in the C-FISH countries :
- Ocho Rios: Ocho Rios High School, Marcus Garvey High School, Oracabessa High School and Iona High School
- Montego Bay: Chetwood Memorial Primary, John Rollins/Success primary, Barry Town Primary, Corinaldi Avenue Primary.
- Negril: Sheffield All age, Little London, Green Island Primary, Cove Primary
- Whitehouse: New Hope, Belmont academy, Black River Kings Primary
St. Lucia: Bean Field Secondary School, St.Mary’s College, Gross Islet Secondary, St. Joseph’s Convent
Grenada : Concord Government School, Blessed Sacrament
Photo (above) Students of Sheffield All Age School in Negril, Jamaica. Photo by Sandals Foundation.
Their 1st lesson was in ‘Coral Reefs and Protecting our Ocean’ in which they learnt what coral reefs are, their benefits and some interesting facts. The team was rewarded with seeing how actively involved the children were in the lessons, contributing to discussions and participating in fun activities. Pictured below, are the WET booklets and colouring books that the children enjoyed. They also received films and posters that were donated during the lesson. At the end of the lesson, they were given homework as it helps further stimulate their minds while they are away from school.
WET Booklets provided by the program. These booklets serve as an additional tool to engage children in the respective areas and provide them with a fun way to continue learning about the Marine environment.
Colouring Books provided by the Guy Harvey Oceans Foundation. These pair well with the WET booklets and provide the children with a fun activity.
The program will conclude with a newspaper competition where the children will write an article in groups which will showcase their writing skills. The best articles from each class will then compete against the best from other schools. The winners from each region will be posted in the local newspaper.
The Save the Seas programme has already gained attention from the media as it has been featured in several news outlets such as The Jamaica Observer, The Jamaica Gleaner, Caribbean Climate Blog and The Sandals Foundation. It is currently on track to finish before the end of the 2016 school year. The children who are participating in the programme have shown great interest and participation amongst students in each class is very high.
Photo (left): The children actively engaged in their activity books sponsored by programme. Photo by Sandals Foundation.CARIBSAVE’s contribution to the Save Our Seas School Programme has helped initiate and implement the first phase of this important regional educational initiative for primary and secondary school students.