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Outreach Project:
Defenders of the Blue Marine Science Curriculum

Our collaborators at Sea The Bigger Picture run several great initiatives. Their Defenders of the Blue initiative involves taking high school children from a few schools across the Cape Town Metropolitan area into a safe environment to explore the sea through snorkelling.


They asked if we would contribute a curriculum that they could incorporate teaching kids about basic ecological and social issues around marine conservation. We excitedly obliged and spent many hours together refining and testing the framework. Aside from just teaching kids about marine issues, it's important to facilitate project ideas that they come up with themselves and to encourage critical and innovative thinking.


This is different from the national marine science curriculum currently being tested at schools in the Western Cape, but was designed to complement the national curriculum.


Here we also partly relied on funders like Cape Town Environmental Education Trust and support continues thanks to National Geographic Explorer Shamier Magmoet who is an incredible storyteller and film maker ( see Rise from the Cape Flats). 

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