NT teaching teachers

Two exciting days of hands-on workshops and field trips have been planned for the end of this month for Cayman’s teachers during their inset days.

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands and the Department of Education will host two workshops for Government School educators on 29 January at Red Bay Primary School and 30 January at the Teacher’s Centre on Cayman Brac.

The workshops will be presented by: Blue Iguanas, Paul Watler, National Trust field officer; Marvellous Mangroves, Martin Keeley, peripatetic science teacher, Department of Education; Cayman Biodiversity and Trust Resources, Marnie Laing, NT Education Programmes Manager; and National Symbols & Cayman Islands Bats, Lois Blumenthal, NT Bat Conservation Programme Director.

The morning presentations will include activities and resource guides, while the afternoon will involve field trips to the Central Mangroves, the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme at the Botanic Park, and a Bat Fly out with Lois Blumenthal in Bodden Town. Similar field trips will also be held on the Brac. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day on both islands.

National Trust Education Director Marnie Laing says that the Trust is pleased to present a new Education Guide for every teacher in the Cayman Islands.

‘These teachers’ guides have been revised and reprinted with the generous support of many of our local businesses,’ she says.

The publications include the latest addition to the Trust’ teachers’ resource guides – True Blue: An Educators’ Guide to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, sponsored by Deutche Bank – which will be released for the first time at the upcoming Inset Day; The National Symbols Educators’ Guide has been reprinted through the generous support of Cayman National Bank and Marvellous Mangroves in the Cayman Islands, has been donated by Caribbean Utilities Company to replace those lost to the hurricane. The guides will also be presented at the workshop. Bats of the Cayman Islands is being reprinted and will be available later in the year, says Ms. Laing, and all of the guides will tie directly in with the new schools curriculum.

There has been a huge demand for these Trust educational resources since Hurricane Ivan destroyed them all, says Ms. Laing.

‘And the Trust is now delighted to be able to fill this need. Educating our children is a shared responsibility and the National Trust is delighted to have the support of the sponsoring organizations as well as the Department of Education,’ she adds ‘With their help, these workshops will help disseminate relevant information to the children of the Cayman Islands about their home.’

For more information and to sign up for these workshops, please contact Fred Speirs at 244-1718, or Marnie Laing at 949-0121.