Sea Change aims to educate the public on marine issues to promote responsible behaviour towards the marine environment and its resources. Formal and informal education is an important channel to reach young citizens and promote Ocean Literacy within society.
Sea Change held consultation workshops for education stakeholders to gain a deeper insight into the perceived barriers of stakeholders and solutions towards identifying the barriers to teaching teenagers (12-19 years of age) about the Ocean. The workshops were held in the following European countries: Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Greece and Spain.
Sea Change Ocean European Database of Good Examples in Marine Education and Outreach (EDGE)
This database is the perfect tool for both formal educators and people interested in informal learning to find resources, activities, educational materials and inspiration for teaching ocean-related topics to any kind of audience. The database currently contains 133 records and is available to the public using the following link: http://seachangeproject.eu/campaign/sea-change-database
We are developing new and innovative learning resources about ocean health. The two interactive e-learning books focus on: harmful algal blooms and coral reefs. These e-books will be trialled in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium.
Sea Change ran a technology design competition for young coders in Galway, Ireland together with the coding club CoderDojo (www.coderdojo.com) to raise awareness of marine issues like protecting cold-water coral reefs, reducing micro-plastics, and maintaining ocean health. The winning game may be incorporated into e-learning books and will be added to the Online Directory of OL teaching resources. For more information, see: www.seachangeproject.eu/futureocean.
The goal is to develop the theoretical concept of Blue Schools in eight countries (Greece, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Spain), which are holding consultation workshops with relevant education stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of such a concept. The aim of Blue Schools is to foster marine environmental awareness, not only in each individual school but also by promoting Ocean Literacy across Europe in an impactful way. The Blue Schools programme aims to link the ocean to the curriculum and will show the way in which this could happen.
Teacher Training/Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
The course “From ABC to ABSeas: Ocean Literacy for all” aims to inform and enable teachers and students from Europe and beyond to incorporate Ocean Literacy into their educational programmes with a specific focus on the ability to use this knowledge to enhance society’s responsibility towards the marine environment and develop ocean literate citizens. The course started on 8 November 2016 and will run until 5 December. To enrol, see: https://platform.europeanmoocs.eu/course_from_abc_to_abseas_ocean_liter.
A survey has also been conducted to map marine professional development opportunities for teachers in Belgium, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Greece and Spain.
The European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) is an informal non-profit organisation which provides a platform for ocean education and promoting Ocean Literacy within Europe. The aim of Sea Change is to continue developing EMSEA as a strong network of marine educators.
The five webinars will gather worldwide educators and marine and education scientists to learn from each other and discuss the science related to ocean and human health. Every webinar concentrates on one of the five topics: the planet’s life supporting system, food, pollution, medicines and blue gym.