It was full steam ahead in to the second quarter of 2019 for Shark Guardian with school visits and dive shows lined up. Plus as the charity continues to grow, it has been fantastic to see new speakers stepping in to the spotlight at events in Thailand and the UK.
Shark Guardian continues to develop a strong relationship with volunteer organization Projects Abroad in Ao Nang (Krabi, Thailand), delivering presentations and workshops to volunteers throughout the second quarter. Watch this space for future collaborations.
Shark Guardian Director Brendon Sing took part in the OCTO Mission that took place 1-10 April 2019 at Khao Lak, Thailand. This is the journey of 20 young leaders coming from Thailand to learn more about marine conservation.
Bangkok was the location for another school tour at the end of April during earth week. Brendon fulfilled a busy schedule educating students at Shrewsbury, TSIS, Bangkok Prep and KPIS – a couple more thousand children of all ages are now shark crazy! The yearly swim event at KPIS was even bigger and better than ever!
Shark Guardian were once again at the Malaysian Dive Expo show (MIDE) in Kuala Lumpur running the kids educational zone. The kids zone was busy throughout each of the days – once again the shark quiz was a popular favorite as was the photographs in the Megalodon Shark! Sharktopia coloring sheets were also enjoyed by children and even adults! Brendon gave 2 presentations about Shark Guardian activities worldwide and information regarding shark diving expeditions. After the dive show Brendon spent 2 days in schools, returning to the Alice Smith School and The international School at Park City. The educational shark and marine programs were very well received.
To help celebrate World Oceans day on the 8th of June, Shark Guardian took part in an event staged by Eco Beasts in partnership with the Sang Foundation in Bangkok. A fabulous day saw many NGO’s and charities showcase their work and allow visitors to connect and engage with the many issues facing our oceans. Adults and children of all ages enjoyed art exhibitions, a range of activities, music and dance performances as well as workshops and presentations. Shark Guardian Ambassador Kerry Dyke led the keynote speech in the section on Protecting Marine Biodiversity and Student Ambassador Ashwina Kantapura ran workshops to inspire school students to get involved in anti shark fin restaurant and education campaigns.
Read the full write up from this awesome event here.
After inspiring students and teachers alike on World Oceans Day, Ashwina was invited to present the Shark Guardian Ambassador program to students at St Andrews International School. Students will be completing Ambassador training in the new school year and action following this will be for them to deliver their own presentations in Thai schools. Shark Guardian is very excited about this development and will update you as it is completed.
Whilst new Shark Guardian team members have been evolving in Thailand, past volunteer and now trustee of the charity board, Harriet Moore, visited a school in Nottingham to deliver Shark Guardian presentations. Harriet had a fun day sharing 4 different presentations to different year groups, inspiring the children to take action to look after our oceans as a whole, as well as our sharks.
Finally in June a first of any education from the Shark guardian Team to a school in Mynamar! After a shark mad student contacted us via his teachers email, Shark Guardian Director Liz Ward-Sing delivered an inspiring talk to children at Dulwich school in Yangon via skype. Skype classroom sessions are an awesome way for our educators to connect to schools anywhere around the world! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to books yours now!!
COMING UP FOR SHARK GUARDIAN
Shark Guardian return to Indonesia for the first time in 3 years with a busy schedule covering Bali, the Gili Islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. And as schools take their summer break, Shark Guardian will be preparing a schedule for the next 6 months to cover Penang, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui! Contact email@example.com to get your school or country on to our schedule!
Shark Guardian is currently training more educators – this is definitely a very exciting time for the charity as our goal to target more children in more countries at any one time is firmly set in place. If you would like to join the team contact info@shark guardian.org