And were they ready! Seventy-two students, 15 - 18, enthusiastically delved into the Rainforest, Circle of Life"; "Air and Water" and "Holes in the Fabric - Save the Environment, Save Yourself" - three of which combined the classroom sessions with field trips.
Bird watching at the Asa Wright Centre, kayaking down
the Nariva swamp and trekking through the hills of the Northern Range all formed part of
the outdoor education section. Participants were exposed to the flora and fauna of
Trinidad & Tobago, how man, animals and plants need each other, and shown, through the
cycle, how death brings forth life in our
environment. Students were then required to write an essay on the areas covered.
Students were amazed at how much they took for granted about their surroundings and how important it is for them to now spread the knowledge gained from this programme. As one teacher said "I will never look at a 'bachac' the same way again". This enthusiasm and new knowledge prompted the students to undertake an environmental project: Trinity planted trees in the burnt-out St. Ann's hills, Lakshmi Girls' chose to clean-up parts of the Manzanilla Beach and Presentation College started a glass bottle collection for recycling and a clean up programme for their school's surroundings.
Based on the feedback from students and teachers and the hardworking members of Wildways, Guardian Life was proud to be the sponsor of yet another successful project and extends sincere thanks to the staff of Wildways Limited, participants and all those who contributed to the success of this programme.
Further information on the Guardian Life/Wildways Schools Environmental Programme can be obtained from Wendy Yawching at firstname.lastname@example.org (Email) or 623-7332. Or browse the Wildlife Trust Fund website, www.glwildlife.org, and email us at Maria.Paul@ghl.co.tt . You are also invited to browse our Guardian Life website.