Dominican Floating Classroom Program Needs Your Vote
IFAW’s Floating Classroom education program is a contestant for a grant from Disney’s Friends for Change program but to win the $100,000 prize we need your vote.
The Floating Classroom program is a partnership between IFAW and the Dominican Government that teaches students about the importance of protecting marine life, ultimately inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards. Students are introduced to Dominica’s whales, sea turtles and more, through classroom activities and face-to-face encounters. Already, Floating Classroom has reached thousands of Caribbean students over the past ten years. The Floating Classroom curriculum includes topics on a variety marine issues and species, but particular focus is paid on the remarkable whales and sea turtles of Dominica.
The project has already demonstrated a tangible connection between education and conservation. During the year prior to the program pilot in one small village 27 leatherback sea turtles were poached. The year after the Floating Classroom session only one turtle was killed when it came ashore to nest. Kids are telling parents and friends not to eat sea turtle and have already organized several public efforts to demonstrate that turtle poaching will not be tolerated in their village and shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere. In a country where protein is an increasingly rare commodity it’s amazing to see this kind of dedication to marine life.
It is clear that Dominica recognizes the value of a healthy whale population since their decision to not support Japan’s pro- whaling agenda. Floating Classrooms extends this sense of value into the classroom. However, Floating Classrooms is about more than whales -- it prepares and inspires students for future careers in science or eco-tourism by integrating ocean literacy principles into Dominica curriculum requirements.
So vote today for Clearing the way for turtles and help us continue to protect the whales, sea turtles and other marine life!