The Grade 5 children at Dyatmika in Bali, Indonesia, were really excited to know Shark Guardian were coming to their school at the end of the Shark Guardian Bali tour. On Monday 4th November Shark Guardian directors Brendon and Liz had a great morning talking sharks and conservation with the students. They were amazed by the learning and retention the children already had on sharks and the oceans and enjoyed developing this further.
A shark unit for students at Dyatmika school!
Robyn Wellwood, teacher of the Grade 5 class jumped at the chance to have Shark Guardian at Dyatmika school. The term topic was sharks so what better way to further the learning and enhance the areas developed in class already. When Brendon and Liz arrived for the Shark Guardian presentation the children were asked a few questions about their favorite shark species and the place of sharks in the oceans’ ecosytems. The knowledge of the children was extremely high and this is clearly a topic they have found enjoyable. Huge credit goes to Robyn for delivering this information so effectively.
Further learning from Shark Guardian
The children gasped, laughed and gave their thoughts during the ‘are sharks dangerous?’ section of the presentation. Then they really enjoyed learning about different shark species. The dwarf lantern shark definitely inspired a few children to learn more about this wonderful shark. And as always the great white and hammerhead species stimulated debate. Shark Guardian show a video of a man swimming with a great white – footage taken in Mexico. When asked who would like to do this one day, almost the whole class raised their hands! Amazing that with understanding and seeing sharks as the true creatures they are, not the man hunters they are made out to be, we can all respect sharks in a different way.
Shark threats and sustainability
Robyn told us that the current studies involve learning about the sustainability of sharks. Shark Guardian therefore discussed this with the children following the presentation section on shark threats. Again the knowledge in this area was already high so an interactive debate followed. It was great to hear the thoughts and opinions of the students. We look forward to hearing feedback about their solutions to the huge problem of wasteful shark finning.
New Shark Guardian posters
Shark Guardian finished the day by presenting Robyn and the students with four new posters to summarize some of the key points from the session and to encourage further research and learning. The posters were created especially for this visit and form a new Shark Guardian tool to push shark education in to more locations. They will be soon featuring in dive centers in Thailand and more schools that Brendon and Liz visit over the coming months.
A big thanks as we await Dyatmika community projects
A big thank you goes to Robyn for organizing this event and to the school for supporting Shark Guardian. The children have been working on some community projects in support of charities, choosing Shark Guardian as their focus. Shark Guardian cannot wait to see the results in the next few weeks!