WHAT IS IT?
‘Blue School PT’ is an educational programme of the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea. Developed by the Directorate General for Maritime Policy (DGPM), with the support of Ciência Viva, its goal is to improve the level of ocean literacy among the Portuguese population.
This programme intends to distinguish the Portuguese schools that regularly work on ocean topics and get them to have a consistent commitment in the education of ocean literate citizens, always in agreement with the national educational agenda. It relies on partnerships with a great variety of entities connected to the sea, which highlights the different perspectives that the ocean can be worked on.
Ocean literacy is a concept that was created in the United States of America in 2004, and is defined as the understanding of the ocean’s influence on man and man’s influence on the ocean. This is not a theoretical concept. Ocean literacy must be accomplished in one’s capacity to make informed decisions regarding the ocean and to communicate its important issues. An ocean literate person should be able to transform knowledge into effective action.
The ‘Blue School PT’ programme is directed to public or private schools that are developing projects about the ocean. Portuguese schools are the ideal setting to lay the ground for an effective implementation of ocean literacy in the Portuguese society. Schools should develop the ideal conditions so that children, youngsters and teachers can reach higher levels of Ocean Literacy, becoming agents of knowledge with an active role in the school community and in the society at large.
The work and projects made about the ocean in schools should be structured in a continuous, interdisciplinary and vertical process. These projects can’t be restricted to the classroom, and should also be reflected at a social level, with the engagement of local communities and the different actors and stakeholders connected to the sea.
A Blue School develops an educational project that promotes a better knowledge of the ocean and its influence on our lives, while not forgetting our own impact on the ocean. A Blue School is able to actively engage the school community in these themes, articulating all its activities and initiatives with the local community and the different players of the sea sector.
- Develops school projects about the Ocean.
- Encourages students to act, intervene and decide.
- Engages students with different ages.
- Includes different subjects.
- Identifies sea ambassadors.
- Interacts with the sea industry / sector.
- Communicates its actions.
- Involves the local community.