Hey everyone! Firstly I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has purchased a shark tee from Panamuna Project. Every little bit helps me on this mission to teach the next generation about shark conservation, so it really means the world to me for all your support.
I created Shark Education Australia because I felt there was a need to create more awareness of what is currently happening to sharks in Australia, and I feel the best place to start making change is with inspiring the next generation. There are some amazing shark conservationists and missions going on in Australia, but what I felt has been lacking is using this to teach Australia’s youth about it all. Sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem, and so it is so vital that they remain a part of that ecosystem; however, Australia does not have the best track record when it comes to sharks.
What I would really like to do with Shark Education Australia is to bring shark conservation, science, and safety into schools, in a way that follows the current science curriculum. Currently, I have been developing presentations for all different year levels that can easily fit into the school curriculum, while also teaching students about shark conservation. However, I also am including (which, some would argue is even more important in this current shark climate) is shark safety, and how surfers and ocean goers can coexist in the ocean with these creatures. If all goes well, I would absolutely love these programs to begin running at the start 2019.
Besides creating these programs, my time has also been spent applying for grants in order to get some more funds to go towards activities for the students. Facts and science are great ways to teach; however, what I have felt is the best way to spark students interest is to get them actively involved in learning. While the funds raised by the shark tees are helping so much, receiving a grant would allow me to do so much more.
A lot of people are asking how they can help with this project, and the best way at the moment is to (if you can) buy a shark tee from Panamuma so I can increase the funds towards classroom activities, and also spread the word. Being a new organisation, it can be a real challenge getting the word out at the start so please share, like, repost anything about Shark Education Australia or myself so people are aware of the organisation.
Finally, we have had our logo designed by the very talented marine scientist/artist Madison Muller, which I am super excited about, and hopefully we will have these logos available to wear or in the form of stickers to share with you all in the near future!
Once again a massive, massive, thank you to all that have helped or purchased a shark tee or sticker, and has supported this mission to get this organisation off the ground. There is still a lot for me to do, but I feel this is just the beginning and 2019 is going to be a big year for Shark Education Australia.