Environmental educational program in Agiannakis
From May 8th until June 9th, ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, run the Educational Environment Programme in the Environmental Station of Agiannaki. The number of schools which visit ARCHELON increases year by year, stating the growing interest of the local community to be informed and also to inform the new generations on the environmental value of the Peloponnese.
During this year, 12 schools visited the Environmental Station, of which 10 were primary schools and 2 were kindergartens. We also visited and informed the Kindergarten of Kalo Nero, where we were amazed by the fact that the children, with the help of their inspired teacher, have implemented a variety of activities on the sea turtle Caretta – Caretta. This has a special importance because of the considerable interest of the area of Kalo Nero as it is located within the main nesting area of Southern Kyparissiakos Bay.
From my part, as the new Coordinator of the Peloponnese Programme, I felt deeply moved by the interest and curiosity shown by the children when informed about the sea turtle biology and what they can do to help the sea turtles. The answer of a small student to my question “what you want to be when you grow up?”, that was "I want to be like you and protect the sea turtles and sea”, reminded me how proud I am to have the chance to contribute to the tremendous work of ARCHELON throughout Greece. All the children enthusiastically listened to us, they expressed to us all their questions and they also surprised us positively with their knowledge which is the result of the work of their teachers.
Together with the volunteers of ARCHELON, coming from all corners of this planet, we played on the beach; we built our own nests and cleaned all plastic garbage making the area less dangerous for the sea turtles and the people. I would like to specially thank the teachers who did not hesitate to plan this educational trip even if they had to travel several kilometres to reach us. Our acts will either weigh or embellish the lives of our children, it is up to us to change everything which is environmentally destructive. I hope these joyful smiles reflect a society of tomorrow that respects the environment as if it was their home, and it actually is.