Environmental Education & Environmental Awareness
 
 

School Reef Day 2013
A group of 12 children came to the RSEC house in the morning for a presentation, games and breakfast. The presentation was on some general background to the Red Sea, information on the ‘popular’ species (clown fish, parrot fish, lion fish etc.), which species to avoid and also explaining why removing coral and fish species from the reefs is bad for the environment as well as how litter can kill corals. The children already knew a lot about what species lived on the reef and were very enthusiastic, getting involved with the presentation. We then played a game where the children were put into groups and each group given a reef species, they then had to find and match cards describing size, feeding, appearance etc. to their species and the first group to get all the correct cards won. We then took them onto the promenade to go snorkeling over Clown Fish Reef. Enough volunteers were helping so that we could split into groups of two children per RSEC volunteer. This meant that whilst snorkeling we could point out species that we had seen in the presentation and children could ask us what things they were seeing. They seemed to enjoy the snorkeling a lot. After snorkeling we brought the children to Sinai Divers and gave them a brief tour of the RSEC office, the equipment room (and explained how some of the dive gear works) and the compressor room. We then gathered on the roof terrace and briefly explained what RSEC is and what the volunteers do here and why. Then to end we got the children to draw on large pieces of paper what they had learned that day and what they had seen whilst snorkeling.

Dahab School

 

Dahab School

Dahab School

Dahab School

Dahab School

 
 

Environmental Education Program in the Dahab area (DAHABEDU)

Preliminary investigations

During the preliminary investigations the primary schools were identified as the main target group of the sub-project "Environmental education and awareness in schools". Three primary schools in Dahab were chosen to participate in the DAHABEDU program and first contacts were established. A high motivation of the schools´ management and staff was noted with respect to supplementary environmental education in schools. A concept was developed to initiate voluntary environmental school groups. Contacts were established with the NGOs Hemaya and Wadi Environmental Science Center (WESC). Both NGOs provide experience, knowledge and support to initiate a supplementary environmental education and awareness program in schools and to develop its framework.

To evaluate the participation of the tourism industry's stakeholders in the DAHABEDU program, a questionnaire was distributed to the majority of the dive centres. The questionnaire highlightened different environmental concerns and problems of the region. 63 %(*) of the dive centres which were contacted answered the questionnaires. The results reveal that the majority of dive centres appreciate environmental awareness and education campaigns in favour of a better environment and nature protection. Up to 100% of the dive centers can imagine to support environmental awareness and education initiatives. Environmental activities in the Dahab area were recognized by 87%* of the dive centres, however, more than half (63%) of these recognized environmental activities were represented by beach cleanups only. In contrast, 87%* of the dive centres observed (or regularly do observe) environmental violations that take place in Dahab and its surroundings. Possibilities were explored to initiate a regular pamphlet in regard of environmental education and conservation projects in the Dahab area serving as a forum for public and private contributing institutions. Local environmental organisations and institutions were contacted, and all expressed support regarding the publication of an environmental education and conservation pamphlet (also newsletter) as a necessary tool. Additionally, contact was established with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA). This contact will possibly provide further support with respect to the applied conservation activities that are part of the "Public awareness campaigns" sub-project. The goals of the "Public awareness campaigns" were substantiated and the different possibilities analysed to enhance public awareness. This was done especially in regard of the coral reefs' and adjacent habitats´ degradation, the problem of destructive fisheries practices, the vast solid waste management problem as well as further environmental concerns being of local and national interest.

RSEC is looking for sponsors to be able to continue this project.

 

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