Marvellous Mangroves in Bangladesh
Project Title : Marvellous Mangroves in Bangladesh
Type : Education
Location : Khulna and the Sundarbans, Bangladesh
Start Date / End Date : September 2013 – ongoing
Collaborators, Partners and Supporters : Coastal Livelihood and Evironmental Action Network (CLEAN), University of Khulna, Bangladesh
Schools: Laudob Badamtala High, Dacope, Khulna, Comrade Ratan Sen Collegiate Girls (Primary and Secondary), Surkhali High School, Channir Chak Collegiate, Borobari Secondary, Kakrabunia Regd Primary, Kamarkghola Govt. Primary, Kalinagar Govt. Primary, Nalian Forest Govt. Primary, Protyashito Ardasha, Baraikhali Primary.
In 2013 MAP began work with its partners in on the Bangladesh version of t Marvellous Mangroves Curriculum at intensive workshops in Khulna, Bangladesh. There then followed a year of translation into Bengali as well as adaptation for the use of MM in Bangladeshi schools. The 350 page guide was completed in December, 2015, by our partner, Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Network (CLEAN) – formerly Humanity Watch – which has a long tradition of working with communities throughout the Sundarbans mangrove forest, at 16,000 square kilometers the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world and home to the Royal Bengal tiger. CLEAN was formerly known as Humanity Watch, whose work has included working with the forest peoples on biodiversity, agriculture and rural livelihoods, humanitarian advocacy, economic justice and community-based resource management. In addition, several schools in the region surrounding the Sundarbans are participating in the process of linking MM to the National Curriculum, and – following the successful MM workshop in December/January 2014/15 – working to introduce MM into regional schools through a series of teacher workshops.
Read about the latest workshops in this pdf – download here
Future Marvellous Mangroves work in Bangladesh will include:
- Working with teachers from the initial workshop to introduce Marvellous Mangroves into regional and later national schools.
- Work on the incorporation of the Marvellous Mangroves curriculum into the national Bangladesh school curriculum. This will take several years and require extensive meetings and workshops with the various bureaucrats involved on a regional and national level. It will take place concurrently with the teacher training and related workshops.
- Development and implementation of an EE module where the students and teachers learn the principles of Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) as part of the course. This already exists in a simplified form, but need expansion and more detailed information.
- Interface with the Environmental Science and other Science Faculties at the University of Khulna to ensure monitoring and integration of the data collected as well as establishing a science “path” for students who have attended Marvellous Mangroves workshops and the Science Clubs to follow.
- Providing a regularly available boat for school students to visit Sundarbans and nearby wetlands for first hand knowledge.
- Development of an interactive website on the Sundarbans mangrove forest with detailed information on flora and fauna, ecosystem, threats, potential and management approaches.
- July 2013 MAP Education Director Martin Keeley visits Khulna, Bangladesh, and runs a series of introductory workshops organized by CLEAN – operating at the time as Humanity Watch
- September, 2013 – Translation and adaptation of the curriculum begins
- December, 2014 – final draft of the curriculum completed and published
- December, 2014 – January 2015 – 5 day Marvellous Mangroves Teachers’ Workshop with two students and two teachers from each of six regional schools, as well as specialised support staff from CLEAN. Two days of the workshops are held in Khulna and three days on board a live-a-board boat that explores several sites in the Sundarbans while, at the same time, conducting a variety of activities including water quality testing, microscopic analysis of water samples and bird and animal observation with binoculars and a spotting scope.
- January 2015 – Establishment of Science Clubs begins at the six schools involved in the workshop.
The annual cost over the next five years to implement the program described above is $46,500.00
Operation of five teacher workshops @ $3,500 each……………………$17,500.00
Support of Sundarbans Science Clubs (including purchasing of
microscopes, binoculars, books, water testing equipment etc.)………..$10,000.00
Leasing of live-aboard boat for Sundarbans explorations/research……$ 6,000.00
Travel & Accommodation for MAP Co-ordinator. 2 trips @ $4,000……..$ 8,000.00
Publication of 500 copies of Marvellous Mangroves/Bangladesh……….$ 5,000.00