Two preschools partner S.E.A. Aquarium for Start Small Dream Big President’s Challenge 2018

“Start Small Dream Big” (SSDB) was initiated by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to encourage pre-schools to create authentic platforms for children to innovate, problem-solve and tap on their unique strengths to help others. It was first launched in 2015 as part of SG50 and the 15th anniversary of President’s Challenge, an annual series of fund-raising and volunteer activities.

This year, Eshkol Valley Preschool and PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre participated in SSDB and chose S.E.A. Aquarium as their collaboration partner.

Nurul Suhaila Sudi, a teacher at PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre, said:

“This year, we are focusing on and learning about Marine Conservation. Thus, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. is a suitable group to teach these children aged 3-5 years old on how to care for the ocean and what they can do to help improve the ocean health.”

Nivedha from the S.E.A. Aquarium conservation team with the kids at PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre.

Stefanie Thia, principal of Eshkol Valley Preschool, shared similar sentiments:

“Marine plastic pollution is one of the most serious threat to the health of oceans and has been ongoing for several years. Hence, our school partnered S.E.A. Aquarium to do as much as possible to raise awareness against marine plastic pollution, as it not only affects marine creatures and the waters, but also the human food chain and our health.

In line with SSDB’s slogan of “no one can do everything but everyone can do something“, partnering with S.E.A. Aquarium also provides a platform for children to be ocean advocates to raise awareness against marine plastic pollution.

As part of the collaboration, our conservation team went down to both schools to educate the children on marine conservation through an interactive sharing session.

At Eshkol Valley Preschool sharing on how plastic impacts marine life and the environment.
The kids at PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre gained new insights about the harmful effects of marine plastic pollution and how doing things at our own convenience may result in causing harm to others.

Students from both preschools also participated in this year’s Ocean Fest, currently happening at the S.E.A. Aquarium till 24 June 2018.

Students of Eshkol Valley Preschool decorated these reusable tote bags, which are currently displayed in the aquarium, to inspire others on the importance of marine conservation.

Here’s a video showcasing the collaboration between Eshkol Valley Preschool and S.E.A. Aquarium:

On the other hand, the kids from PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre put together an eco fashion show at Ocean Fest.

These fashion pieces were made from upcycled materials.
A young participant sharing her thoughts on marine conservation.

We wish to thank Eshkol Valley Preschool and PPIS Pasir Ris Child Development Centre for choosing S.E.A. Aquarium as their collaboration partner. We look forward to more such collaborations with schools to inspire young minds on marine conservation.

If you are a student or educator who wish to collaborate with us on marine conservation themed projects, please write in to conservation@rwsentosa.com

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