The African Leadership University School of Wildlife Conservation (SOWC) has collaborated with Oceans Alive, a marine conservation organization, to create a specialist marine conservation hub located on the coast of Kenya in a place called Kuruwitu. This partnership was formed with the aim of providing students with hands-on, peer-to-peer, experiential learning in marine conservation and the blue economy.
The internship at the Oceans Alive Marine hub started in February and will end in April. SOWC has on boarded five students to the Oceans Alive expert conservation hub, where they have been able to immerse themselves in the local community and learn about marine conservation in action.
Throughout their time at the hub, the students have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that have allowed them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. One of the highlights of their internship was a tree planting and beach clean-up exercise that aimed to make the beach a safer and more beautiful place while also improving the coastal and ocean ecosystem.
Trees reduce the 'Greenhouse' effect by removing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen
Vital to mitigate the problem caused by ocean debris and the danger that plastic pollution poses to marine life
During the second week of March, the students had the opportunity to visit Futures Hope Montessori School, a local school in partnership with Oceans Alive. The school provides education to students from challenged backgrounds who cannot afford to go to school. The SOWC students were able to learn about the challenges faced by these students and the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty.
In addition to this, the students have been able to enjoy the beach life and take advantage of the many amenities available in the area. They have been swimming, exploring the local nature trails, and even had the opportunity to visit a private residential golfing destination.
The internship has been a valuable experience for the students, allowing them to network and build relationships with professionals in the field of marine conservation. They have been able to work alongside experts in the field, learn from their experiences, and contribute to ongoing conservation efforts.
On a different note, the ALU leadership is expected to visit the Marine hub before the internship ends, which is a testament to the value and significance of this collaboration. It will be interesting to see how the internship has impacted the students and what they have learned from their experiences at the Marine hub.
Overall, the SOWC students' internship experience at the Oceans Alive Marine hub has been a positive and impactful experience for them. They have been able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations, network with professionals in the field, and make a difference in ongoing conservation efforts. We look forward to seeing the impact they will make in their future careers as conservation leaders.
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