In most schools today, understanding of the ocean is a partitioned subject with no coordinated understanding through any single department, and in the United States ocean literacy has encountered continuous resistance due to a number of factors. Even in programs designed toward environmental studies, there is a common terrestrial bias which relegates the ocean to secondary importance.
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss his recent trip to India and his meetings with leaders of the Indian Maritime Foundation as well as principals and teachers in the Pune area to discuss the implementation of W2O's One Ocean curriculum. Tune in to hear of some surprising successes and to gain insight into the complex yet amenable world of Indian education.
Peter Neill, Director of the W2O and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.
Image credit: United Nations Photo Stream
References provided in this episode:
< W2O Curriculum Catalog
< Indian Maritime Foundation
< Environmental Education in Schools: The Indian Scenario [pdf]
< Ocean Literacy
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