‘Academy by the sea’-Students get ‘scholarships’ to learn more about marine life


The students in a souvenir photograph after receiving their ‘scholarships’

To get such an opportunity, which is being organised by the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles (MCSS) and Save Our Seas Foundation, these students had to take part in a competition to show their knowledge about the marine environment of Seychelles.

There were two categories – the 12-14-year-old students who could either write a 500 word essay or draw a cartoon, and the older 15-16-year-olds who had to choose from a 1,000 word essay or do a poster.

Twelve students from each category won scholarships and they received their documents during a ceremony recently at the National Library in the presence of representatives of both organisations, including the MCSS chairperson Dr David Rowan, and their parents.

The MCSS education officer Abi March said many students from both public and private schools took part in the competition and that they received fantastic works.

“Students have shown their knowledge on many issues such as littering on beaches and at sea as well as illegal poaching of protected animals such as tortoises,” said Ms March.

She explained that the students will be based at the Beau Vallon beach during the day.

Students from the two categories will spend two weeks in the ‘Academy by the sea’ to learn about the different marine habitats of Seychelles, the animals which inhabit them and the threats they face.