Brunei, 24th July – Reef Check Brunei engaged with a total of 140 students to raise awareness about coral reef conservation to support SDG Goal 14 – Life Below Water. The activity used role-playing as a learning tool in teaching Sustainable Tourism. By assuming some of the key stakeholder roles in the development process, 5 groups represented different stakeholders ranging from tourism authorities to local communities such as fishermen to encourage students to apply their knowledge to ‘real-life environment’. The activity aims to help youths today to achieve a greater understanding of the threats to the ocean systems such as pollution and overfishing as well as the fragility of the ocean’s ecosystem.
In order to create a positive change for sustainable development, we must empower the youths with skills, values, and attitudes to contribute to sustainable development. Education and awareness, therefore, plays an important role in ensuring that we currently meet the needs of present society without undermining those of the future.
Reef Check Brunei is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the coral reef conservation through education, research, and awareness. They started in 2016 and aims to create a network of volunteer teams, trained as EcoDivers to regularly monitor and report on reefs health and stimulate actions in protecting and rehabilitating damaged reefs.