The strong time of these events in favor of the oceans was celebrated on June 10th , 2013. This day conludes the purpose of a school year of joint work with local schools of Tahiti and Moorea islands.
Today is then a good day for the “Celebration of the oceans“, an opportunity to congratulate all the students who have worked to protect marine mammals and / or coral reefs during the all school year, through two education projects conducted by the association. Three winners classes of the both contest “Tohora, humpback whale who are you? “(See details below) and the ” Protection of Moorea lagoon “(see details below) one’s were invited to present their work and celebrate the all morning at the association.
After presenting the winning classes and congratulated them for their beautiful productions and hard work, children enjoyed a snack offered by the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, before receiving their prizes and participate to various educational activities organized by the foundation such as the visit the sea turtles clinic, the discover of an underwater trail, in participating to educational games. The first price winners (1classeroom for each contest) had as a reward to enjoy a magical moment with a dolphin thanks to the Moorea Dolphin Center. Before leaving, each child received a “Citizen of the Ocean” passport, sign of their commitment as “young ambassadors” of the blue planet, and a booklet of “The sea turtles in French Polynesia”. The last winner class (2nd price of the Tohora contest) will participate to a sea turtle release next week.
The whole team would like to once again congratulate all the winning classes (4 classes, more than 100 children) and all participants for their efforts to protect our environment Polynesian.
These 2 educational projects have been organized by the association Te mana o te moana, thanks to :
– the support of TOTAL Polynesia company and in partnership with the Department of Primary Education of French Polynesia for the project of creation and distribution of 12 000 free Booklets “Tohora, humpback whales, who are you?”
– the support of the Foundation “Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme”, and in partnership with the Direction of Primary School, the City hall of Moorea Maiao and the PGEM association, for the project of “Awareness of the schools of Moorea to a better understanding of the PGEM (Maritime Management of Moorea) and protection of coral reefs”.
Who are the winners classes for the contest « Tohorä, humpback whale who are you? » :
1 st price : 10-11 years level of MANOTAHI Elementary school (Mrs Tepua Yue).
2nd price : 09-10 years level of PAPETOAI Elementary school (Mrs Cindy Taunoa)
3rd price: 11 years level of St Paul Ste Thérèse Elementary school (Mr Wilbert Lehot)
The winner for the contest « Protection du Lagon » :
11 years old class from PAOPAO Elementary school (Mrs Caroline Faua).
Summary of the project: « Tohorä, humpback whale who are you ?»
In the following of the creation and distribution of the booklet “Tohora, humpback whales, who are you?” in 12,000 copies to 12,000 students of 9-11 years old school level (Cycle 3), and after the various animations conducted into 28 classes of Tahiti and Moorea (700 children), the association launched a big contest to conlude the project. Chidlren had to writte down a special tale story or an anthology of poems towards the conservation of the cetaceans of the French Polynesia; the classes will be invited for the celebration of World Oceans Day. This project aims to educate future generations through stories told by other children. It was conducted in partnership with the Department of Primary Education, with the financial support of TOTAL Polynesia company.
Summary of the project: “Awareness and understanding of Marine protected areas (PGEM) of the Moorea lagoon.”
Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, students of Cycle 3 level (9-11years old) of the 7 Elementary schools of Moorea island participated in an educational project aimed at a better understanding of the lagoon of Moorea, the Management Plan of the Maritime area set up since 2005, and to to have a better knowledge of the need to preserve our island marine resources. This project has been punctuated by various interventions in the classroom and on the field (educational workshops, visit a coral garden…). It was conducted by te mana o te moana, in partnership with the city hall of Maiao Moorea, the PGEM association, under the financial support of the Foundation “Nicolas Hulot, pour la Nature et l’Homme”. To complete this educational project conducted during one school year, students were asked to work on a special poster dedicated to the Moorea lagoon and coral reefs conservation; the winner class will be invited too on June 10th to celebrate the World Oceans Day all together.
A special thanks to all our partners that help us to organize this huge event in favor of the oceans and to congratulate the school children for their involvement towards the 2 contests organized.
This week dedicated to the protection of the Blue planet has been organized thans to the support or in partnership with :
The Direction of Primary School, the city hall of Moorea-Maiao, the « Foundation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme, the Total Foundation, Total Polynesia group, la Brasserie of Tahiti, the organization PGEM, the Moorea Dolphin Center company, the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, the Pacific Beachcomber group, the Foundation Good Planet, the Foundation Maud Fontenoy, the World Ocean Network, the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), the Direction of the Environment of French Polynesia, the French Development Agency (AFD), the Aquarium of la Rochelle, the SWOT program (The State of the World’s Sea Turtles), Nestlé company, the Planète Eco Tours and the Aremiti company.