Since 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park has offered one-day field excursions to Chumbe Island to more than 6,400 students, 1,100 teachers and 690 community members through the park’s environmental education program. Most of the students come from local secondary schools.
The park is a privately managed Marine Protected Area in Zanzibar. The excursions provide hands-on environmental education for schoolchildren and give teachers ideas for how to conduct field-based environmental education in marine biology, forest ecology and environmental protection. For more than a decade, the Chumbe Education Program is the only regular and large-scale program in Tanzania that fills this gap in school curricula.
General School Supplies:
Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Erasers, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English) *Science, *World Maps, and *Marine Science (Corals, Marine Animals, Oceanography)
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, and Marine Ecology
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, and Working Laptops
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, Binoculars, *Life Jackets (age 15-25), *Snorkel Masks, and *Snorkels for Children
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Books about Gardening, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.