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Save our sharks

Solomoni Biumaiono
Sunday, July 15, 2012

THE Multiple Intelligence School in Suva has engaged its students a shark conservation project that sees them learning in a different way.

Students from Classes One to Nine are encouraged to learn all aspects of shark conservation, including statistics, scientific terms as well as creating their own perceptions about the worldwide conservation efforts to protect sharks.

The school's co-founder Doctor Robin Taylor, through this shark conservation project, says his students are able to learn other subjects like mathematics and English as well as other skills that are applicable in real life.

"For the upper classes we have a puppet video production and the students have to write the screenplay, design the storyboard, write the dialogue and shoot the video of the puppets. These skills are real-life skills and they're learning it through this shark project," Dr Taylor says.

"The teachers can only suggest and supervise their activities but the students themselves come up with the original writing.

"Another example will be they get to learn how much shark fin costs as compared to one pound of tuna per square inch. By calculating this they are learning mathematics," Dr Taylor adds.

All 50 students at the Multiple Intelligence School are engaged in this shark conservation project where the lower classes are taught how to construct models of sharks while the preschoolers learn how to draw and are given general information.

The upper classes are given the chance to make video productions of the sharks through a puppet show.

"Learning is not just abstract where they get to learn formula after formula but to learn how it can be applied in real life," Dr Taylor says.

He says the shark conservation project was chosen because it was an important topic and relevant in Fiji.

The school worked closely with the Coral Reef Alliance to ensure all facts and figures the school uses in its project are all accurate.





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