Current Events http://epaguyana.org/index.php/component/content/frontpage Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:25:46 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Teacher Camp 2013 http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/74-taechercamp2013 http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/74-taechercamp2013 Annual Teacher’s Environmental Education Camp 2013


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its annual Environmental Education Camp for Teachers at Camp Wesleyana located along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. The   four-day event was conducted during October 25-27, 2013 and engaged twenty-six (26) 2nd year teachers specializing in Primary Level education at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).


The Camp was geared towards enabling the teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to make effective environmental education interventions within their schools and communities. A variety of interactive teaching methods were employed that made maximum use of the surrounding natural environment. These were intended to enhance the development of analytical, investigative and communication skills and encourage team work and promote critical thinking.

 

Conducting a field exercise

As part of the training programme, the teachers were required to apply their newly garnered knowledge and skills to plan lessons that incorporated environmental education into different subject areas.  The five best lesson plans were given special tokens of recognition.

 

A small group activity

But it was not all academic - teachers were given ample opportunity to engage their creative side. A talent face-off and camp fire saw participants infusing environmental awareness and education into drama, songs and poetry.


The teachers evaluated the training programme as highly recommended and pointed to need to engage a wider cross-section of teachers from across the country. The EPA has taken heed of this recommendation and continues to seek opportunities to extend the reach and scope of the programme.

 

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Art Competition http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/72-artcompetition http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/72-artcompetition Learning about the environment through art


Biodiversity - the variety of life is all around us and is necessary for everyday living. Every year on May 22, the World celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity on a theme that focuses observations on a particular issue of importance to biodiversity. This year’s theme highlights “Marine and Coastal Biodiversity” to bring much needed awareness to the plight of the often neglected marine organisms, which are being threatened by climate change, pollution, the marine industry and more importantly, overharvesting.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which is the executing Agency for the Convention on Biological Diversity, planned and carried out a number of activities to mark International Day of Biological Diversity. These included a Youth Forum for secondary level students at Anna Regina two Seminars targeting students of at CPCE and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences-UG; outreach to selected primary schools; and an Art Competition.

Winners of the Art Competition – from left, Kizzan Henry, Saurav Moonsamy and Keran Kester James.

 

Both visual and performed art are excellent ways to tell important stories about the importance and threats facing our natural environment. Activities such as art allow children to use their imagination and aids in the development of their physco-motor skills. Through art, children can express their views on the environment.


EPA’s Art Competition on Biodiversity


Recognizing the potential of Art  for learning, an Art Competition under the theme “We depend on marine life-Protect it” was extended to twenty selected primary schools in administrative Regions 3 and 4, for Grade Six students. Sessions were conducted for these students to sensitize them on the theme for Biodiversity Day, as well as the guidelines for the competition.
At the end of the competition, a total of 55 entries were received from eight of the schools. Entries received were judged on originality, relevance to the theme (for the Art Competition), and creativity. The results of the competition were as follows:


1st place- Kizzan Henry of Den Amstel Primary School
2nd place- Keran Kester James of Sophia Primary School
3rd place- Saurav Moonsamy of La Grange Primary School


The students were awarded  prizes of a $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 book vouchers for first, second and third place respectively. Ms. Henry was also awarded a trip for three to Splashmins Eco Park, compliments of the National Parks Commission.

 

 

1st place entry submitted by Kizzan Henry

 

 

2nd place entry submitted by Keron Kester James

 

 


3 rd place entry submitted by Saurav Moonsamy

 

You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O EIT Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN or email us at eit.epaguyana@gmail.com

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THE EPA YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION 2012 http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/71-youthcompetition2012 http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/71-youthcompetition2012 THE EPA YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION 2012

 

 

Young people are not only the future, they are also the present. More than 45% of the world’s population is under 25, with 1.3 billion young people living in developing countries. Their energy, ideas and aspiration are boundless. Youths are key agents of change, but too often the nature and impact of their ideas are not recognised or documented sufficiently, and youths face difficulties being heard and engaged more directly in civic life.

Including young people’s views in programming and policy decisions not only reinforce their self-confidence, but also help prepare them to exercise their rights and responsibilities of adulthood and citizenship. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to encourage young people’s active participation in a wide variety of activities of their communities in order to develop their full potential by ensuring that young people’s views are factored into policy and programme decisions.

In order to provide opportunity for youths to express themselves and have their views and needs heard, the EPA launched its inaugural Youth Essay Competition on March 02, 2012. This Competition targeted University of Guyana students from both the Turkeyen and Berbice Campuses. Further, this initiative was designed and implemented in partnership with the Guyana Mangrove Restoration Project (GMRP).

University of Guyana students were invited to submit essays responding to the following questions:

  • How has coastal degradation affected you, your family, your community, or your country?
  • With ever-increasing coastal development, how can Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) reduce conflicts related to the myriad of activities occurring along the coast of Guyana?
  • What actions can you recommend for strengthening ICZM in Guyana?

 

The Essay Competition attracted thirty-eight (38) submissions from two (2) undergraduate programmes (Biology and Environmental Studies) offered by the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus (76 % of the submissions came from students enrolled in the B.Sc. Degree, Biology programme). No entries were received from the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus.

 

See Full Report

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World Environment Day 2011 http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/66-worldenvironmentday http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/66-worldenvironmentday World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place annually all year round but climax on 5 June.

The theme for this year’s observances is “Forests: Nature at your service” in support of the UN International Year of Forests and seeks to underscore the importance of forest ecosystems to people.

As the coordinating body for environmental activities, the Environmental Protection Agency-Guyana took the lead in organising WED activities. The annual Green Walk was executed on June 5, which coincided with WED 2011 as well as the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

This year, approximately eight hundred and ninety five (895) participants enjoyed the Walk from the Umana Yana to the Botanical Gardens. Environmental Clubs - Marian Academy and Graham’s Hall, the University of Guyana, various agencies, Ministries and organizations supported the activity this year. The Green Walk 2011 was a great success this year and this was evidenced by the enthusiasm of the participants.

 

Part of EPA's contingent at the annual green walk

 

Participants at the annual green walk

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Ride for the Environment http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/65-ridefortheenvironment http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/65-ridefortheenvironment Following the success of last year’s Ride for the Environment in Linden, a similar Ride was coordinated in Essequibo this year.  Some thirty five (35) riders from the New Opportunity Corps, Queenstown Primary, Cotton Field Secondary, Anna Regina Multilateral School, the President’s Youth Award – Republic of Guyana participated in the event on Saturday, 9 July. The activity was a novelty for both the riders and the residents who came out and looked on with interest as the ride progressed from the start point at Queenstown to the finishing line at Damian Square, Anna Regina.

 

 

Start off! Ride for the environment

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Environmental Youth Camp http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/64-environmentalyouthcamp http://epaguyana.org/index.php/current-events/64-environmentalyouthcamp The Annual Environmental Camp is intended to the build capacity of youths to plan and implement activities within Environmental Clubs. It also, seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues, promote networking among youths from different parts of the country and encourage the creation of a ‘’youth voice’’ on environmental issues.

This year, forty three (43) very promising and vibrant youths, aged 12-16, set off on a much anticipated journey to Madewini Campsite, Soesdyke for the EPA’s annual environmental camp. Participants of the three-day camp were drawn from nine (9) schools from Regions 2, 3 and 6.

During the Camp the participants from Skeldon Line Path Secondary, Tagore Memorial, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary, Berbice High, Vrymans Erven Secondary, Stewartville Secondary, Uitvlugt Secondary, Anna Regina Multilateral, and Cotton Field Secondary Schools exhibited great enthusiasm and fully participated in the range of activities on the programme.

At the end of the event, Campers reflected on that they learnt a lot about forest values and conservation and thoroughly enjoyed themselves doing so. They highlighted that just the opportunity to learn about the forest in a forest setting was exciting as was bird-watching, forest scavenger hunts, camp fire and talking to the media. All in all Camp 2011 was satisfyingly successful for both the campers and the facilitators.

 

Climate change presentation to campers

 

Birding field techniques

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