coral reef programmes are
rooted in a deep passion for environmental education, environmental
conservation and love for the sea. All coral reef programmes are
carefully designed and developed under the supervision of Ithaca's
adviser - Professor Chou Loke Ming, Coral Reef Ecologist and Lecturer
at the National University of Singapore. There are two types of
coral reef programmes:
Learn and be awestruck
by the beauty and grandeur of the coral reef ecosystem - one of
the largest and oldest living communities on this planet. Coral
reefs are the `rainforests of the sea'. Whether you snorkel or dive,
the diversity of the coral reef that will astound, excite and leave
you in wonder. This breathtaking multi-sensory experience is even
more meaningful when it is designed and guided by some of the best
and most experienced educators in the field. Through a series of
indoor and outdoor classroom sessions and field experiences, you
will come to know, understand and love the coral reef. Talk to communities
who live and depend on coral reefs for their survival and livelihood.
You will also learn how critical they are to our very survival on
are typically 5-10 days in duration and take place in Singapore,
Malaysia, Thailand or Cambodia.
SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAMMES
Learning through active
engagement in community service. Students learn most effectively
when they engage at a holistic level, analysing, planning and actively
organising and working with the community in addressing commuunity
based problems. Complex and inter-related environmental, social,
economic and political issues are best understood through this platform.
Most of all, students work side by side with local governments and
communities in tackling these issues. A highly satisfying and rewarding
way to learn about the coral reef ecosystem and the communities
that live around it.
Service Learning projects
in Singapore and overseas include:
conducting line transects
studying and documenting coral reef diversity and health (data
gathered will be submitted to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring
Network (GCRMN) Database.
surveys with communities on ultisation of coral reef resources
and lifestyle activities that impact coral reef health
designing and constructing
interpretive aids and facilities for community based education
park facilities (boardwalks, signboards, photographic and graphic
developing and upgrading
educational resources and facilities in communities whose livelihood
depend on the coral reefs
and delivering educational programmes (including hands on, practical,
experiential techniques) on coral reef conservation for teachers
Ithaca partners Government
Agencies, International and local based NGOs on its Coral Reef Programmes.
The programmes are typically 10-21 days in duration. Should SCUBA
diving and survey techniques be required, experienced and qualified
instructors and scientists will deliver the training programmes
to ensure that participants are equipped for their mission.
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