WWT Consulting worked with colleagues within WWT’s international conservation team to develop a suite of learning resources for a new wetland teaching program that was trialed in Madagascar
WWT’s International Environmental Education Officer recently returned from an expedition to deliver the specialist program, using the newly designed lesson plans and learning resources, currently available in English and Malagasy.
The program sought to highlight the value of wetlands, within schools, with integrated aspects designed to develop teacher knowledge and confidence, as well as reach the wider community of parents and carers. The aim was to connect children with their wetland and develop an appreciation of the benefits they can bring to wildlife and people.
Activities such as acting out wetland food-chains, creating characters based on real wetland animal adaptations, and designing fishing codes of conduct, alongside site visits to local wetlands, all sought to move children’s hearts and minds. The program built in opportunities for young people to extend their relationship with the environment around them.
It is hoped that these resources can be made available in further languages, so that wetland learning can reach an even broader international audience in the future.