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Skidmore College

Publication Date

Spring 2014

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


The purpose of this study has been to educate the children and adults of Uzi Island on the importance of sea turtle conservation through storytelling and collaborative children's literature. This study's culminating product is a handmade children's book, written in both English and Swahili, entitled Turtle's Shell/Gamba La Kasa. A story from an Uzi elder was integrated into the book, as were illustrations gathered from the children of Uzi. Sea turtle conservation efforts are occurring all over the world through many methods, but this study is different from others because it acknowledges and utilizes the local knowledge and folklore in the Uzi Village community, because it involves local people in the process of the project's end product, and because it targets the youth of the community so as to ensure that the coming generation is aware of the importance of sea turtle conservation. It is believed that by involving the children of the community in the process of making the book, they will feel a sense of ownership over it, and will be more invested in the topic of sea turtle conservation.


Environmental Education | Environmental Health and Protection | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Sustainability


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