Knowledge about our environment, on both a local and global scale, will ensure the
correct management of our natural resources. Transferring knowledge about our local
environment to our children is a vital step towards protecting and conserving precious
habitats both on land and in the sea. Without knowledge and understanding there
is no comprehension or respect and the future of the Red Sea could fall victim to
human interference or indifference.
ThThere is a fundamental balance to be found within the Red Sea region; between
the growth of the economy and development of international commerce, against long-term
actions that ensure the sustainability of valuable habitats and connected flora
and fauna. With knowledge about the natural eco-systems areas of the highest ecological
interest can be identified, facilitating informed action that supports development
whilst remaining considerate to potential negative impacts to the environment.
The aim of the school environmental curriculum is to provide pupils with knowledge
and understanding of the linked themes that embody the structure of the Red Sea
region. It will discuss the distinctive geographical, biological and ecological
characteristics of the area, and encourage pupils to investigate the anthropic impacts.
The curriculum is separated into six areas of study:
- Solid Waste & Recycling
- Pollution & Climate Change
- Sustainable Futures
Each topic is supported by a range of resources and practical activities; promoting
dialogic interaction and experience to encourage independent thought and comprehension.
The curriculum assembles clear parameters, rules and suggestions for pupils within
each task; and provides stimulating resources to encourage cognitive development.
At specified points throughout the curriculum, suggestions are made for possible
field trips for consideration. Although the trips are not compulsory, the purpose
of this level of engagement is to allow pupils to translate their new knowledge
in practical terms, i.e. after learning about the meaning of biodiversity and exploring
different ecosystems under the water, a snorkelling trip - supported by experts
and scientists - will allow them to witness first-hand how food the web works.
Engaging our children in knowledge about their environment is the only way that
we can ensure sustainability and economic profitability for generations to come.