DEEP BLUE AMBASSADORS:
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environmental Education Programme known as DEEP provides young learners from the Masakhane Primary School with the opportunity to enrol in the three-year long programme. The programme is continuing to grow as a new group enrols every year. This allow for the second- and third-year students to act as mentors and leaders for the new group, adding another vital skill to the programme.
Although this community is situated just four kilometres away from the sea, many have never even been to the beach. The programme exposes these young learners to the field of science and conservation and serve as a forerunner for future skills training. The programme is structured to monitor and evaluate the impact and growth of each and every individual learner.
THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES MODULES ON:
- The Marine Big 5 and other animals in the area
- The importance of wetlands
- Marine pollution
- Presentation skills
- Healthy living
- Food gardening
ANNUAL EXCURSIONS INCLUDE:
- a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town
- an eco cruise to experience the wonders of the ocean first hand
- attending theatre productions at the Hermanus FynArts Festival
- a year-end graduation Camp.
WHAT DEEP TEACH
The DEEP teaches the youth invaluable lessons about themselves and their surroundings. It builds an understanding of their environment. We are facing an environmental crisis, it is very important to educate the leaders of tomorrow today. We need to re-establish the connection between man and nature. It takes the entire community to raise a child, we work together to raise these blue ambassadors for the future protection of our oceans.