Friday, August 13, 2010
Kiso So'oto a representative from the enforcement division in the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources lecturing about boat safety during the Le Tausagi camp in Ta'u, Manu'a. Since there are three islands of Manu'a, people are using motor boats called Alias to travel in between those three islands, they are Ofu, Olosega, and Ta'u which consist of three villages. Kids at the camp can educate and share their knowledge with their families when they are on a boat traveling.
Kids from Ta'u, Manu'a are writing their wishes on the wish banner that we had during the camp. That is Derek Toloumu from the Department of Commerce under the Coral Reef Advisory Group, with the green Le Tausagi shirt assisting the kids. One girl wrote that she want to her village stores use paper bags for grocery rather than plastic. Derek asked her why she wrote that wish and she said that Sea Turtles it's her favorite animal in the ocean and she also learned from the camp that jelly fish is a diet for sea turtles. She learned that a lot of sea turtles die from eating plastic bag by accident, sea turtles are mistaken that those plastic bags floating in the water are jelly fishes.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kids took a field trip to the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resource office in fagatogo. The enforcement division presented on boat safety before they took the kids on a boat ride and also Sione from the No-Take Marine Protected Area (MPA) program presented his presentation and activity so the kids can rotate from the boat ride to the conference room. After that field trip everybody went back to Utulei beach for their award ceremony.
During the water activity at the Le Tausagi camp that we had in Utulei beach on the 13-15 of July 2010. Kids were divided into two groups; the snorkeling and kayaking. Teachers that participated the Le Tausagi teacher workshop and junior counselor that participated the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources summer course help to assist kids in the water. Everybody had fun during the water activities because they were talking about it during our dinner time.
Teachers are divided into their groups so they can start writing their lesson plans based on the three themes of the workshop. It's up to them if they want to write their lesson plans based on coral reefs and fisheries management that was presented by Alice Lawrence, climate change that was presented by Carolyn Doherty or water quality presented by Phil Wiles. They can use those topics and activities for each topics in their classrooms, when they have lessons based on those topics. Teachers also received resources like posters, Cd's, DVDs, brochures, and a list of contacts of people that work with different agencies that are working together in the Le Tausagi group so that if they need help on marine science, forestry, water quality, and climate change or also field trips, they can contact these people for help.
The groups were separated into three themes and they were Water Quality, Climate Change and Coral Reefs and Fisheries Management. They were also rotated in every hour and thirty minutes to different themes. This is the climate change group and they are playing the no-take mpa activity. Sione Lam Yuen finished presenting on no-take mpa's and their benefits to the community. They also learned that there is a connection between the three themes climate change, water quality and coral reefs and fisheries management. I want to thank Alice Lawrence, Derek Toloumu and Travor Kaitu'u for helping me with my activity.