|Grenada Workshop, April 14-15th, 2010|
National Sandwatch Workshop Held in Grenada, April 14-15th, 2010
An Interview with Mr. Eugene Gittens, Secretary General of Grenada's National Commission for UNESCO
On April 14-15th, 2010, twenty five (25) educators and volunteers attended a workshop in Grenada to establish a Sandwatch pilot project in several of the islands primary a secondary schools with the ultimate goal of having Sandwatch included in the new National Curriculum.
Over the course of two (2) days, teachers were shown the back ground behind Sandwatch, as well as its tools and methods, and several ways of utilizing the internet and other tools to network and expand their projects. The Grenada workshop was organized and funded by UNESCO HQ Paris, The Grenada National Commission for UNESCO and The Sandwatch Foundation. Participants were also provided with basic Sandwatch equipment kits to take back to their schools to assist in starting the project. Several video interviews with participants can also be viewed online on The Sandwatch Foundation's YouTube channel.
Following a request from Mr. Eugene Gittens, the Secretary General of the Grenada National Commission for UNESCO and the Grenada Ministry of Education to host a Sandwatch 'Train-the-Trainers' workshop, the Sandwatch Foundation with the support of UNESCO HQ Paris were able to quickly arrange and mount a very successful two (2) day training session over April 14th and 15th, 2010.
Though the request from Grenada was submitted in mid-March, 2010 all parties involved were able to coordinate their efforts in record time and organize an extremely productive workshop that served to launch a pilot project for the planned integration of Sandwatch into the National Curriculum for all schools primary and secondary within the country for the school year commencing September 2010.
The Sandwatch pilot project has been built around the training of staff from four (4) primary schools and four (4) secondary schools as well as several community volunteers.
We were also pleased to see that a very eager participant from Grenada's small 'sister island' of Carriacou was invited to the workshop.
With funding and support from UNESCO Paris, Sandwatch Foundation Director, Paul Diamond travelled to Grenada and facilitated the workshop which consisted of a day of classroom training with background information on the program which was held at the Ministry of Education Offices and a day of field training at the beautiful Grand Anse Beach.
Day One: Classroom Work
The first day's presentation was given to approximately thirty (30) Ministry of Education staff, school principals, teachers and community volunteers, including staff from St. Georges College and Peace Corps. The first day of the workshop was held at the Ministry of Education Offices and included...
- Powerpoint Presentations on the Sandwatch programmes background
- An general overview of Sandwatch methodology
- Presentation on the Sandwatch website and how it can be utilized by all participants
- Presentation on the programmes newsletter The Sandwatcher and how participants can contribute to it and use it as a teaching and public awareness tool.
- Introduction to the new edition of the Sandwatch Manual, with emphasis on how Sandwatch relates to Climate Change and the development of community based activities to adapt mitigation strategies suitable for their specific local environmental issues
Day Two: Grand Anse Beach
April 15th, the second day of the workshop consisted of field training on Sandwatch methods and was conducted on beautiful Grand Anse Beach for twenty (20) teachers and community volunteers from Peace Corp, St. George's University and others and included instructions on...
- Methodologies on Grand Anse Beach, with emphasis on how Sandwatch can be readily integrated into existing curriculum (maths, English, art, science etc)
- Sketching aspects of beach, how to take and record the various measurements, beach width, wave heights, long shore currents, conducting questionnaire of beach users, beach debris, water quality
- Analysis of data – compilation of data tables, graphing the data, with reference to Sandwatch database to be established by end 2010
- Assisting workshop participants with the establishment of web pages to record their follow-up activities
In addition to giving instructions of the specific methodologies of Sandwatch, participants were given suggestions of how to publicize and network their efforts via the use of the local media, writing press releases, using local community TV and radio access, inviting participation of guest speakers and other stakeholders and the use of new communications technologies such as YouTube, FaceBook and Google Earth.
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada Photo Gallery
....and remember Sandwatch is fun!