The Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum

To create a new environment-friendly generation who will be able to build awareness and sensitivity among communities, civil society and decision makers about environmental equilibrium and mangrove ecosystem,  education program on mangrove has been taken by CLEAN in 2013. The education based on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum which had been initiated 30 years ago by Martin A. Keeley, Global Education Director of Mangrove Action Project (MAP). The curriculum has already been translated and adopted in 13 countries of the world including Australia, Belize, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, San Andres, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The Bengali version of Marvellous Mangrove Curriculum (MM Curriculum) has been developed through one year-long hard work of a group of 15 teachers, 17 researchers, 5 education specialists and 8 environmentalists. See the development process of Marvellous Mangroves here. It becomes a 360 page guideline for the teachers and students with descriptions on the topics, a bunch of illustrations, fact sheets, hands-on activities and guide for field trip. The Curriculum covered different issues including mangrove ecosystems, livelihoods, water cycle, microorganisms, threatened species, fishes and aquatic resources, birds, pollution, mangrove tourism, ecological restoration and local culture. It is developed carefully so that it can comply with and enhance students’ knowledge on the national curriculum of Bangladesh.

CLEAN has organized first 3-day-long workshop on the Marvellous Mangroves in July 2013. The main author Martin A. Keeley facilitated the workshop with involvement of 10 schoolteachers and 5 environmental activists of the Sundarbans zone. The second workshop with involvement of 12 teachers, 12 students and 12 environmental activists has been organized in December 2014. The participants were oriented on teaching methods, guidelines on activities and participated in different conservation activities during the workshop. More than 3000 students and 100 teachers of Six schools in Khulna and Bagerhat districts are covered under Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum at initial level.

The schools started implementing MM Curriculum from January 2015 and education materials including magnifying lenses, microscopes and reference books have been provided to the schools. The students and teachers also formed Mangrove Clubs in their schools to implement the Curriculum properly through classroom-based and outdoor activities.

Another workshop has been organized by CLEAN and MREA from 29-31 July 2015 with active participation of Teachers and Students who are involved with Mangrove Clubs and Science Education in their schools.

Resources

  1. Report: Development Process of Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum in Bangladesh
  2. Report: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2015
  3. Photos: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2015
  4. Report: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2014
  5. Photos: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2014
  6. Report: Marvellous Mangroves Art Competition: December 2014
  7. Photos: Marvellous Mangroves Art Competition: December 2014
  8. Report: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2013
  9. Photos: Workshop on Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum of Bangladesh 2013