World Oceans Day: Graine de Leaders program on “Je sauve l’Ocean”

Children from ‘Ecole Internationale la Rosée’ took part in cleaning up a part of the beach and making art work from the trash they collected.
Children from ‘Ecole Internationale la Rosée’ took part in cleaning up a part of the beach and making art work from the trash they collected.

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2015, the U.S. Embassy organized on June 3, 2015 its monthly children book program at the beach and based its activity on the Nouveaux Horizons book  “Je sauve l’Ocean.”  Children from ‘Ecole Internationale la Rosée’ took part in cleaning up a part of the beach and making art work from the trash they collected.  The program provided an opportunity to raise youth awareness of the impact humans can have on the ocean and promote a change in their attitudes in order to save the ocean and marine life. The Embassy also obtained the assistance of the Ministries of Tourism and the Environment in order to organize this program. This program highlighted the Mission’s priorities of environmental protection, education, and youth outreach.

As a follow-up to the beach cleanup activity, the Embassy organized a vernissage with the assistance of a local painter, Jacob Bleu, and local primary school children. The vernissage featured art inspired by or created from the items the children retrieved from the beach. The activity demonstrated the children’s creative and innovative spirit and raised their awareness of an important environmental issue. During the event at the gallery, Le Basquiat, the children presented their art work to the U.S. Embassy and other partners who helped organize the beach cleanup.