EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMMES
The Turks and Caicos National Trust continue to move forward as an environmental education service provider. For years, the Trust hosted a series of teachers’ workshops that were highly attended by teachers from both private and government schools.
The workshops were held to provide teachers with supplementary materials available through the National Trust, to aid in the teaching and learning about the natural world of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Also, feedback from participants have been incorporated in the revision of the eleven environmental education modules currently in progress, a project undertaken by the Trust.
The Trust hosts workshops and training with teachers, student-leaders and Science & Environmental Club members.
School visitation are constantly being done to help teachers in certain topics e,g mangroves, iguanas and give lectures and hands-on activities to students. This exercise also proves to be an effective means of fostering a good relationship between the Trust and the schools and as an effective way of keeping everyone in the academe abreast with current cultural and natural issues and developments.
Through the contents of “Eco-Echoes, TCNT’s children’s magazine we endeavor to enlighten young minds by presenting factual and contemporary material on environmental issues, culture and history of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
We hope that the readers would not be limited to just children, but that parents and teachers would find the contents interesting and educational.
In June 2008, the Our Land, Our Sea, Our People module has undergone revision and in 2014, the revised version which came in three volumes were released through co-funding under the EU Project.
The eleven modules are as follows:
CHILDREN’S CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP
The annual Children’s Cultural and Environmental Summer Camp has been attracting more children (and parents who sign-up their children) each year.
The programmes for the annual camp are structured to allow participants to experience a variety of activities all geared towards a deeper appreciation of the cultural, natural and historic heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The said camp is a multi-faceted camp, which develops a particular theme on each of the 5 days of the camp.
Since 2007, the camp proved to be an overwhelming success that saw children develop a deeper sense of commitment to the preservation of the country’s culture and tradition and its lush environment – a commitment they share with the Trust’s mission.
CELEBRATING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS
Annually, the Trust hosts a number of activities to celebrate the following occasions: Earth day, Biodiversity Day, Emancipation Day, Caribbean Endemic Bird festival, International Migratory Bird Day and Wetlands Day.
Activities range from tree-planting, to exhibits and field explorations to art contests and video showing.
The Trust is thankful to school principals, teachers and students for their participation in every event planned.
Over the years, the Education Department of the Trust has embarked in many different areas in aim of continued service to our local institutions.
To cite a few, we conducted Career Talk and Career’s Day expo, helped teachers in establishing Environment Club in schools, promoted straw weaving by providing actual demos in schools and launched the Work Study/ Internship Programme to help students gain a hands-on experience in heritage preservation.