Nemo Inspires El Torito Students to Protect Rivers

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A new version of the famous clownfish, Nemo, and a series of educational activities are components of a river conservation campaign being implemented by foreign students at El Torito School in the district of Samara.

The project involves four students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) of Massachusetts, who proposed promoting the protection of the Mala Noche River and the mangrove by the same name.

According to Felipe Viteri, an Ecuadorian student in charge of the project, the campaign is divided into two phases. The first involves investigation and the second seeks to put into practice what has been learned, with the help of the school’s students, during the months of March and May.

As part of the fieldwork, the foreigners wrote a story called “The Story of Spotted Nemo, the Lonely Fish,” about a fish who lives alone in the river due to an excess of pollution.

During this time, the university students visited the river and mangrove with 16 sixth-graders. They planted trees and freed four snapper fish.

To Maria de los Angeles Acosta, the school’s director, this kind of activity is very important, as the students learn to value the community’s wealth. “It is important to be in harmony with nature, and now the children understand that value; the good thing is that they now see taking care of the rivers and the entire environment as a duty,” the director commented.