An Alliance between the Del Mar Foundation, the e-colones program and The Voice of Guanacaste made possible a digital platform where students from across Latin American can access free material for their classes.
The guides, available on the website movimientoguardianes.org, were designed by environmental educators so that every student can use the material according to their context, whether in a rural or urban school.
“We realized how little environmental material in Spanish was available and gave ourselves the task of closing that gape,” said Jessica Sheffield, director the Del Mar Foundation and founder of the Guardian Movement.
“That’s why we decided to export our education experience and spread the word about the model while generating a sense among the little ones of strong identity with the protection of the natural environment.”
The publications have been adapted to the Public Education Ministry’s curriculum and cover a broad spectrum of topics that include water resources, energy, waste management, biodiversity, climate change, health, natural habitats at risk, education for emotional intelligence and environmental dates.
Content in Real Experience
The website has two fundamental pillars. On one hand, it tries to make environmental education fun and experiential, which is why it includes resources like music, stories, theatre works, poetry, manuels, videos and ebooks.
The content and teaching aids that can be found on the website are the product of real experience that has been tested by the Del Mar Foundation Academy, a school located in Nosara, Nicoya that gives from maternity through 12th grade.
Guardians of Nature has brought material to almost 2,500 school children in Hojancha and Nicoya. For many of the, this project has provided them with their first illustrated textbooks. This movement is possible thanks to funds from the first U.S.-Costa Rica debt for nature swap.