One month ago, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and its global partner Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) partnered in a joint Eco-Schools For Children campaign to support students and teachers in the Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme that were severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
FEE and BREEF mobilized their entire global Eco-Schools network of over 67 countries and 19.5 million children in the recovery effort, which seeks to unite children from around the world in promoting empathy for affected Bahamian children, raising awareness of climate change, providing education for disaster resilience and organizing support in cash and in kind for the replacement of educational resources and materials for affected Eco-Schools on Abaco and Grand Bahama.
“Though born out of adversity, the…campaign unites the global Eco-Schools network with the children of The Bahamas not only to show that they care, but to lend their financial support to the ongoing recovery of children affected by Hurricane Dorian,” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF executive director. “As a low-lying archipelago, The Bahamas is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the adverse effects of climate change. Nevertheless, climate change affects every one of us on earth and it is up to us all to take action.”
The Abaco schools that are in the Eco-Schools Programme are Every Child Counts, Forest Heights Academy, Hope Town Primary School, Man-O-War Primary School, S.C. Bootle High School, Patrick J. Bethel High School and Central Abaco Primary School. The Grand Bahama Eco-Schools include Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport Gospel Chapel School, Holmes Rock Primary School, Hugh Campbell Primary School and Lucaya International School.
“The overall goal is to raise educational awareness on the impacts of climate change and the increasing vulnerabilities to disasters, and at the same time help the schools in The Bahamas buy new equipment and educational materials that will allow students to return to normality as soon as possible,” said Daniel Schaffer, FEE’s CEO.
BREEF is the official representative for FEE in The Bahamas and has been running the Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme for 10 years, providing opportunities for Bahamian students to be stewards of the environment and promoting action on creating a more sustainable world. To find out more about the Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme and the Eco-Schools Children For Children Campaign, how to donate, school fundraising activities, educational resources and how an Eco-School can register for this campaign, visit: https://breef.org/youth-education/eco-schoolsprogramme/