Community-Based Environmental Education in the Fishing Villages of Tuticorin and Its Role in Conservation of the Environment
Jamila Patterson, Eva Lindén, J.K. Patterson Edward, Dan Wilhelmsson (Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden); Inger Löfgren
Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Nyköpings Folkhöskola, & Stockholm University
Patterson, J., Lindén, E., Patterson Edward, J.K., Wilhelmsson, D. & Löfgren, I. 2009. Community-based environmental education in the fishing villages of Tuticorin and its role in conservation of the environment. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 49(2).
Relevancy to curriculum
Used an existing organizational structure (Women's Self-Help Groups) to organize and identify participants for educational workshops, specifically women (240 women, 44 men). Literacy was improved from non-existent to ability to read transportation schedules and travel alone. Basic information about their ecological system was learned - that corals are living animals which provide habitat to reef life and protect coastlines; the significance of healthy corals for healthy coastal fisheries (in the International Year of Reefs, 2008). Methodologies used included group discussions and 'entertainment' in the form of songs, folk dances, drama, and quizzes. Schoolchildren were included for portions of the education along with their parents.
links to ssf guidelines chapters
- 5. Governance of (5a.) Tenure in Small-Scale Fisheries & (5b.) Resource Management, 6. Social Development, Employment & Decent Work, 8. Gender Equality, 12. Capacity Development, 13. Implementation Support & Monitoring