Sandwatch in Senegal
November 18th-24th, 2013, Mr. Aly Tandian and Mr. Abdou Senghor from Senegal, attended UNESCO`s "Climate Change Education Inside and Outside of the Classroom" workshop held in Praia in the Cape Verde Islands. Representatives from more than twelve (12) African nations, inlcuding Senegal attended the workshop were given an introduction to Sandwatch's MAST protocols (Measure, Analyze, Share Findings, Take Action) including a trip to Quebra Canela Beach to learn how Sandwatch surveys and lessons are conducted.
Six(6) Schools in Palmarin, South-Western Senegal start Sandwatch!December, 2013: In the context of environmental education and in support of our rural communities and the Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zones Project, the six (6) schools in Palmarin area of South Western Senegal unveiled a Sandwatch action plan supported by the agreement of all the school principals. The six principals selected 12 teachers to be trained to be coordinators and vectors to gather community opinions in favour of how to best protect our local beaches.
Palmarin students were able to practice Sandwatch measurements on their adopted beach. They observed the effects of erosion on the west coast and accretion on Dioneware beach and at the Djifere dock area. They concluded that the average loss of the beach due to erosion (measured on on three different sites between March and July 2010) was 1m.94cm of beach front lost to erosion.
On Djifere beach they also collected many plastic bags of debris which involved the entire school and the community.
Director, Schools/staff education (CRFPE) Fatick Regional Training Center
Sandwatch Starts in Senegal
Senegal Attends a Sandwatch Workshop in Cape Verde Aug 2009
In August 2009, Three (3) teachers from Senegal attended a Sandwatch-UNESCO "Train-The-Trainer" Regional Workshop for West Africa held in Praia, Cape Verde.
The goal of the workshop is to train more teachers in Senegal in Sandwatch methods, so that the project can expand within the country and more students, schools and communities become involved in protecting their coastal environments.
Upon my return from the Sandwatch West African Regional Workshop, held in Praia, Cape Verde in Aug 2009 we set up a structure involving the teachers in charge of Environmental Education (01 master and 05 top students at several school).
Under the aegis of ACCC, the CODEC has managed to carry out activities on the beach, observation, measurement and monitoring of the level of beach erosion in Palmarin, Ngallou and Djifère as well as sanitation inspections/tests and site visits with local eco-guides Ndene Pierre Georges Faye and agent of the DPN Moussa Diatta, which has attracted the attention of students and teachers about the risks to ecosystems (especially mangrove) against the phenomena of climate change and environmental destruction.
Students have been trained to taught to relay these messages at the opening of classes in October, 2012 to raise large awareness of these issues in each school and class.
We also placed emphasis on the core business of education and awareness including holding a memorable holiday camp that was an academic success.
Teachers have also been successful with their students in initiating a program of integration of improved stoves in all schools housing and canteens and now people are in the process of their employing them in their households.
In addition, students have incorporated the technique of construction efficient furnace-based raw materials (clay, cow dung, raffle millet) and three (3) schools have benefited from this first phase and have had their wood consumption greatly reduced .
Added to this is the equipment by the Minister of Renewable Energies, Mr. Louis Seck has installed ovens in all schools in the rural communities of Palmarin, an area badly affected by the effects of climate change.
The CODEC has successfully participated in the launch of National Environment Week and presented to the authorities students work (éolinnes, drawings evoking the melting of glaciers, the emission of greenhouse gas emissions by factories). In short, they are the real vectors of change and ideas through sketches.
By Mr. Abdou Senghor
Sandwatch commence au Sénégal
Dès mon retour de Praia, Cape Verde nous avons monté une structure regroupant les maîtres responsables d'Education Environnementale (01 maître et les 05 meilleurs élèves ar école).
Sous l'égide de ACCC,le CODEC a réussi par ailleur à mener des activités sur la plage(observation,mesures et suivis du niveau d'érosion de la plage à Palmarin Ngallou et à Djifère,de l'assainissement et des visites de sites où les écoguides Pierre Ndène Georges FAYE et l'agent de la DPN Moussa Diatta ont attiré l'attention de élèves et des enseignants sur les risques des écosystèmes(mangrove) face aux phénomènes rapides du changement du climat