In Zanzibar, food and nutrition insecurity is a critical problem as 18% of Zanzibar population lived below the basic need poverty line in 2015. Overfishing and tourism activities increased considerably in the last decade. It leads to intense pressure on the reef. Therefore, fish population decreased drastically and corals are dying. We want to help local communities reach a more sustainable way of living and raise community awareness about marine and coastal life. At the same time, one of our main focus areas is to help students understand their environment in order to give them the keys to reach a better way of life. We will work with local schools in several community villages in the north-east of Zanzibar : Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kilimaju, Kigomani and Muyuni. Throughout the year, educational sessions will be held with each school on big themes such as plastic pollution, sea turtles, hygiene, fish ecology & sustainable fishing practices and beach clean ups. These education sessions are very important to create awareness at the local community.
Environmental education is a priority in local communities. The kids are the ones that are going to take care of wildlife in the future. It is also important to have educational sessions for the local fisherman about these subjects.