Unesco Green Citizens

Nage avec ta mer

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Project begin: 03/01/2022

Raise awareness of the environment through learning to swim. This is the original idea of Coralie Balmy in Martinique.

Leading organisation: Association COCO AN DLO
The country where the team is based: France
Covered Countries: France
Theme: Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Environment
Tag: #Women #Youth
Selection: 2022
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Drowning accidents are the leading cause of death among children aged 4 to 6 years in Martinique. Coralie Balmy also noted that the lack of knowledge of the marine environment and the environment keeps children away from their natural heritage. The former swimmer, bronze medalist at the London Olympics, underlines the “rather fearful relationship with the sea” of the population. Based on these observations, she founded Coco an dlo, a non-profit organization.

Its goal: renew the link between people and the sea in the Caribbean islands. The project “Nage avec ta mer” (Swim with your Sea) proposes to teach children to swim while discovering the marine environment. It takes the children to this unknown and culturally frightening environment so that they can blossom, learn to know their natural heritage and protect it.

The association proposes playful programs of nature protection through the learning of swimming for children and teenagers from 4 to 17 years old. It works with nursery and elementary school on the island of Martinique. Its ambition is to extend the project to the neighboring islands of Gaudeloupe, Saint Barthélémy and Saint Martin.

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