Flagship day for our foundation, this event is for the education department an opportunity to finalise and reward the projects held during the school year. For this year, we have set up 2 educational projects : « Protect our oceans » and « Bula honu, follow th sea turtles of the Pacific »…
In the early morning, we invited 3 classrooms to celebrate this world ocean day : two that participated to the « Protect our oceans » project and « Bula honu, follow the sea turtles of the Pacific » one’s.
In fact, more than the project held for the shool-year, another objective was to create a toolkit for the next one generations. But more than a pedagogic tool including a teacher guide, a brochure, 4 posters and a game, we would like to deliver a message… By using the words and productions of the children we found a way to go through…
That is why the winner Charter of Tubuai (Austral Islands) and the winner Poster of Taharu’u, Parara (Tahiti) will be included in the toolkit that will be edited in 100 specimens and distributed for free to all participants, partners, ministries and elementary school at the end of the school year. This toolkit will be also available on our website.
The third one classroom inivited to celebrate the oceans is the CM2 of Paopao Elementary school, Moorea. They came to present their work to the public and the other students, as part of the « Bula honu, follow the sea turtles of the Pacific » project conducted during the year.
In fact, to finalise the actions of the Observatory for the sea turtles and the marine mammals initiated in 2011, differents classrooms of French Polynesia, France, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New-Caledonia exchanged though a website during the all school year, following the travel of 6 green turtles equipped by satellite transmitters.
This travel was conducted from May 7th to May 14th with our two educators : Magali and Charlotte. During their trip, the children have discovered different cultures, and the vision of the sea turtle that is similar than in French Polynesia : protect the sea turtles before they disappear.
When they arrived, the 3 classrooms were taken in charge by Magali, our animator that gathered them under the bog top placed at our Sea turtle Clinic, thanks to the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea. Vie, the director presented them the activities of the day before she congratulating them for their hard work and offering them many gifts thanks to the help of the Moorea Dolphin Center, the Polynésienne des eaux and The PEW Charitable Trusts). Then, children also enjoyed a special snack offered by the hotel before they started playing activities…
With Henz and Vetea from the Polynésienne des eaux, children enjoyed to understand why we need to protect the water, and discover with Jonathan from the Municipality of Moorea Maiao, the Protected Marine Plan of the island (PGEM).
Guided by Matthieu, our marine biologist, the students discovered an underwater trail andaccompanied by Magali, Dimitri and Vie, the groups visited the Sea Turtle Clinic, the dolphin lagoon managed by the Moorea Dolphin Center, and participated to various pedagogic activities on the environment and the animals we need to protect (the race of fe’e the octopus, the ilecolo, the adventures of a green turtle, the cetaceans game…). Finally, Donation from the PEW Charitable Trusts proposed them educative activities on the Marine Areas in French Polynesia.
But to celebrate this event, we wanted to propose activities for the locals and teenagers of the island that could not come usually to our facility. Thanks to the support of the Municipality of Moorea Maiao, a special shuttle was specially made available to the public of their island that would like to take part of our celebrating day. More than 30 persons came.
To finish the day, the two winner enjoyed a special gift to reward their hard work :
The classroom of Tubuai (Austral islands), thanks to the support of the PEW Charitable Trusts, has participaed to a special discovery day of the Marine Protected Plan of Moorea (PGEM) with Matthieu from te mana o te moana and have discovered the stingrays of our lagoon…
The classroom of CM2 from Papara, Tahiti has enjoyed a special encounter with a dolphin thanks to the Moorea Dolphin Center….
<< Click here to read the Presse release of the events in favor of the ocean
A special event day that welcomed more than 125 persons (75 children and 50 adults and teenagers).