The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has formed several education partnerships to bring marine science education and the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum to students and teachers around the world.
Alligator Head Foundation
Alligator Head Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Jamaica that focuses on protecting fish stocks, restoring habitats, and regenerating local economies. They aim to identify and deliver innovative solutions to strengthen national, regional, and global policy for ecosystem resilience and adaptation to climate change. They also take a community-driven approach to work for fish-filled seas, abundant reefs, and thriving communities.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation works with the Alligator Head Foundation to conserve and restore mangrove forests in Jamaica. Our partnership helps educate students about mangroves and helps to restore mangrove forests through our Jamaican Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) program. It also involves holding workshops for government officials, fisheries managers, and student teachers in Jamaica to increase awareness and appreciation of mangroves and advocate for greater preservation of wetland ecosystems through our Mangrove Deals program.
Black Girls Dive Foundation
Black Girls Dive Foundation is a Maryland non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and empower young girls and women to engage in aquatic-based STEM and recreation activities. Through their STREAMS program that integrates Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics with SCUBA and scientific diving, girls explore diverse marine ecosystems and learn about coral reef ecology and ocean science and how to become stewards of the environment.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation collaborates with Black Girls Dive Foundation to ensure that girls have access to a breadth of innovative educational materials and activities from our Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. We also help with occasional field trips and training programs. The Foundation is also working with Black Girls Dive to test new lesson plans for middle and high school students, including our NSF-funded foram curriculum, “Little Creatures with a Big Message.”
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory
The University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in Jamaica engages in research, training, and outreach in Caribbean Marine Sciences using research and exploration to aid in the management of marine and coastal zone processes. As a part of their mission, they host school groups and work with community NGOs to strengthen awareness of coastal environmental issues and interest students in careers in marine science.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the Discovery Bay Marine Lab provide mangrove and coral reef education to students in Jamaica. Jointly, we implement an experiential education program called the Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) to educate high school students in Jamaica about the importance of their mangrove ecosystem. When education staff from Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory teach local Jamaican students and teachers about coral reefs as part of their Visiting Schools Program, they augment their program by using and disseminating materials from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum.
Earth Echo International
Earth Echo International is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, EarthEcho’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has partnered with EarthEcho to provide teachers and students in our Mangrove Education and Restoration Programs with the opportunity to participate in the EarthEcho Water Challenge. Students in this program collect water quality data as part of their mangrove research and habitat restoration in the Caribbean. They share this water quality data with other students around the world through the EarthEcho Water Challenge international database. Together, we are helping these students feel empowered to tackle the global water crisis in their community and highlighting the work of young leaders to restore and protect their local marine environments.
Friends of the Environment
Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) is a Bahamian non-profit organization that pursues conservation through education. Based on the island of Abaco, the organization focuses on raising environmental awareness, is involved in local conservation initiatives, and provides environmental education opportunities for local schoolchildren.
For years, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has worked with FRIENDS on mangrove education and conservation through our Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (B.A.M.) program. This program teaches high school students about mangroves, their importance to the coastal marine ecosystem in the region, and their value to Bahamian society. Teachers are provided with free lesson plans, professional development opportunities, and field trips for participating science classrooms.
Mission Blue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire action to explore and protect the ocean. Like us, they are participating in 30×30, an initiative to protect at least 30% of the ocean by the year 2030. At the heart of this effort is a global campaign to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet.
Mission Blue and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation have partnered on a campaign to increase public awareness of ocean issues using Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum through traditional and social media. Mission Blue also helps to promote our annual ocean art contest, the Science Without Borders® Challenge, and shares the lesson plans we created to accompany an IMAX film narrated by Sylvia Earle, Ocean Odyssey. Sylvia also starred in our own 6-part documentary series, Our Living Oceans, which is now playing on EarthX TV.
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Aquarium is a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire the conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. Through guest visits to the aquarium, conducting and supporting research, and providing onsite and offsite student and teacher education programs, the National Aquarium inspires people of all age groups to engage in ocean conservation.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation works with the National Aquarium to provide credited professional development workshops to teachers in the greater Maryland area. Together, we are helping build teachers’ understanding of coral habitats in ocean science. During the workshop, we engage teachers in a set of classroom-ready activities from the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum that are tied to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Ocean Literacy Essential Principles.
National History Museum of Jamaica
The Natural History Museum of Jamaica is one of the first divisions of the Institute of Jamaica, which was established in Kingston in 1879. The Museum’s mission is to research, document, preserve, protect, and disseminate information on Jamaica’s natural history. The Natural History Museum also strives to educate visitors by providing interactive museum exhibits, conducting research, and delivering a variety of onsite and offsite education and outreach programs.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has provided the Natural History Museum of Jamaica with educational films about the natural environment and how Jamaicans interact with it. These films will be displayed throughout numerous museum exhibits, providing a more meaningful experience for guests who want to learn about Jamaica’s natural environment.
University of Miami
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has been close partners with the University of Miami for many years. We worked with them on a variety of scientific projects including creating our World Reef Map, building a coral reef resiliency model, and figuring out how to use foraminifera as bioindicators of coral reef health. In addition to these scientific endeavors, we also partner with them on several educational initiatives, including developing lesson plans and virtual reality field trips.
Are you interested in becoming an education partner? If so, email our Education Director for more information.
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