At SOS we believe that one of the most important things which will bring about change and improvements to our oceans health is education and the improved awareness and understanding of the problems our oceans face. We are therefore in the process of creating a curriculum which we would like to see taught at schools around the country. We want to work within schools and encourage students to participate in research and environmental advocacy. Ideally we would like to see students constructing their own research projects and using our expertise and resources to help them. All of this would result in increased awareness and hopefully some concrete changes within the community. By schools across the country participating in nationwide initiatives it can foster connected, collaborative projects, shared knowledge and shared ideas. Students could see what was happening in other schools to get ideas for their projects or even collaborate with students in different schools to work towards a mutual project. At SOS we would also provide project ideas and help where necessary. In doing so we could encourage communication, connectedness, ownership of our natural resources, global perspective and a sense of satisfaction from making a positive change.
Currently one of our founders Ben is creating a curriculum at the school he works at in Tauranga. Some of Ben’s students have already completed marine conservation based projects and more of them are about to start new marine projects. The success of this curriculum will be tested over this year and if proven successful then we aim to start rolling out a marine conservation based curriculum at other schools.
We are in the process of creating workshops and presentations which we will make available for teachers online to use in their classes. Some of the SOS members will also take workshops or classes of students around the country once our resources are created. This will depend on where our staff are based, and if we are unable to undertake a class in person, then we will provide the teacher with all the resources and training they require.
An example of some of the projects and ideas in the curriculum are as follows:
- Prevention rather than cure: Looking at ways to reduce the amount of rubbish entering the system.
- The psychology of littering – working via the principles of psychology to prevent people from littering. eg. It has been proven that people are much more likely to litter if there is already rubbish on the ground.
- Look at the products in supermarkets – are we importing sustainable products – are unsustainable products cheaper than sustainable. How can we change this…
Student Projects will be listed Below: