San­dals Foun­da­tion Sup­ports Na­tional Trust 5-Day Marine Camp

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The San­dals Foun­da­tion has lauded the suc­cess­ful host­ing of the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust (SLNT) five­day sum­mer pro­gramme where some 40 young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 9 and 17 were treated to an en­light­en­ing week of ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness of the marine en­vi­ron­ment.

The event, held un­der the theme ‘Healthy Oceans-Healthy Peo­ple’, was hosted at the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School. Jonathan Hernould, En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cer for the San­dals Foun­da­tion said the de­ci­sion to sup­port the SLNT for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year was an easy one be­cause of its fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited about this part­ner­ship and we hope to sus­tain it for years to come. It is im­por­tant to us that our chil­dren un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of the marine ecosys­tem and the roles they can play in not only pre­serv­ing it but also us­ing it for gain­ful and sus­tain­able means,” Hernould said.

In June, the San­dals Foun­da­tion sought to fur­ther un­der­line its com­mit­ment to marine preser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion in Saint Lu­cia with a World Ocean’s Day ac­tiv­ity on June 8 with the stu­dents of the Gros Islet Pri­mary School.

The youth in the SLNT pro­gramme were af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter un­der­stand the Pointe Sable En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Area (PSEPA).

They were also ex­posed to a se­ries of snor­kel­ing ex­pe­ri­ences al­low­ing them to iden­tify and ap­pre­ci­ate the flora and fauna of Saint Lu­cia’s marine life - from tur­tles, to coral reefs and man­groves.

Art and craft also formed part of the week­long ac­tiv­ity com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach in what the SLNT has de­scribed as a wider ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tive for marine pro­tected ar­eas man­age­ment in the OECS.

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