Unesco Green Citizens

Ocean Literacy by Young Environmentalists Programme

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Project begin: 08/06/2005

Elsie Gabriel wants to move towards a more ocean- literate society. This young activist has created the Ocean Schools program in India for young people and local communities.

Leading organisation: Young Environmentalists Programme
The country where the team is based: India
Covered Countries: Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka
Theme: Education for Sustainable Development, Ocean
Sub-themes: Climate change
Tag: #Women #Youth
Selection: 2023
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In India and its coastal areas ocean literacy and environmental education continues to be disregarded in the formal curricular programs in Indian islands which has many environmental problems.
Elsie Gabriel launched the Young Environmentalists Program to address this issue. This activist is convinced that it is essential to move towards a more ocean literate society. The target audience of ocean schools project is the local community and other stakeholders to better understanding of the tight bond between natural habitats and human well-being.

Duplicable ocean education projects

This project uses the UNESCO guidebook (“Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts”) and creates modules adapted to different local schools by integrating indigenous knowledge. The program is totally local community oriented.

The NGO’s team develops outdoor ocean education projects that correspond to the different school curricula.

It also trains diving communities into handling and welcoming disabled students and community as well as tourists through their special courses promoting accessibly tourism and disabilities rights into equal opportunities.

Finally, it encourages young adults to pursue oceanography and marine biology careers during their classes so as to not rely on outside scientists and experts alone who don’t belong to their community or language.

In the coming years, Elsie Gabriel hopes to duplicate the Ocean School program in other Indian islands and coastal areas.

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