Through education and training we are promoting the sustainable development of marine resources to preserve cultural heritage and the natural environment and create a skilled, industry-ready work force. Through education we can prepare our young people to be best placed to deal with the increasing challenges in food security which will face them as a consequence of climate change. We are raising awareness of changes in our oceans. We are promoting importance of training in Bio-Marine resource management through schools, third level institutions and vocational training.
With our Bio-marine Education pilots we are raising awareness of the value of the sea and all that it has to offer us.
Through education we can prepare our young people to be best placed to deal with the increasing challenges which will face them such as population growth and the restriction of land mass with which to feed people as a consequence of climate change.
Approximately 70% of the planet is covered by sea water and the fact that we know and understand more about space than we know about our seas indicates to us that it is time that we teach young people about the potential of our oceans and let them lead the way forward.
We have developed existing material produced by the Marine Institute Ireland which is already is recognised by the department of education. We have developed metrics and delivered these materials in a pilot study involving twelve schools in County Mayo. Through analysis of measurable outcomes, we aim to propose a case for reproducing the study across Europe and beyond.
With an extensive study and measurable outcomes the goal is be to get Bio-Marine resource management included onto the education agenda, preparing our young people for the challenges ahead. This would provide third level institutions with candidates who would have a good understanding of Marine Biology.
We would also create opportunities for vocational training specific to the growing industrial needs to provide employers with employees who would be skills-ready to be employed in an emerging industry based on the development of bio-marine resources.
Through this project we are also raising political and public awareness around bio-marine resources, ensuring that we retain the rights of access for this valued resource for the people of Ireland.
Please see our education website Sea Our Future