Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Mrs. Vitalia is a marine educator since 2010. As one of her assignments, her students developed a campaign to reduce endangered sea turtle ornamental use. She shares her experiences in meetings with other marine educators. Here, Mrs. Dios, also shares her ‘Ocean Explorers’ activities: students learn concepts such as ‘extinction’ through ‘musical chairs’, or ‘the food web’ through ‘tag’. They’re now more engaged, are understanding, and refer to this as ‘the best class ever’! After playing at classes, Daniel has implemented recycling at home and Josué is promoting his fishermen father to release bycatch! Similarly, dozens of teachers are currently implementing marine education, guiding active learning and positive change in their communities.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We’ve reached >50 schools, >3,000 students and >300 teachers, effectively strengthening marine education in northern Peru. Surveys reveal teacher and student’s increase in knowledge regarding ocean literacy.
‘Ocean Explorers’ (OE) games have spread awareness to hundreds of children, while facilitating understanding on school subjects. Games have been replicated by others, including Peru’s Ministry of Environment, and >15 companies have hired OE workshops.
We’ve empowered >800 youth in >20 youth-lead projects (e.g mangrove reforestation, citizen science, awareness campaigns). These have reinforced school assignments, critical thinking and leadership, indirectly benefitting >10,000 people and resource management. E.g, >400 students have assessed local fisheries, while applying concepts of statistics, social studies and biology. We’re now scaling this success to 3 new coastal communities.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In 10 years, we expect to scale across coastal Peru through consolidation of new partnerships and growth of our corporate portfolio. Together, we’ll train more teachers, integrate more schools, disseminate OE games and promote more youth projects. Additionally, we’ll incorporate marine topics in the national curricula, and are currently working to introduce a Marine Education Guidebook for teachers and students of all coastal schools, with Peru’s Ministries of Environment and Education. We later hope to replicate our model internationally by sharing our methodology with international partners.