At our Animal Advocate meeting on Tuesday friend Margaret invited those who wanted to attend a presentation she gives to local school children about turtle conservation on behalf of Grupo Tortugas Pedasi. Connie and I took her up on the offer to understand what works when presenting information as our group would like to do presentations at the local schools about animal care and sterilization. So we were off to La Laguna to the comfort of the beautiful, air-conditioned computer lab in the local school (more on that tomorrow).
The presentation was ery much in the way that the children here enjoy and uses the same techniques I’ve discovered from my English teaching experiences. Short, simple and low tech works the best and everyone likes to be involved, even if they don’t know it at first.
The video today covers most of what the children heard yesterday. Margaret and her helper placed an emphasis of not disturbing the turtles with loud noises, white light and by driving on the beaches during nesting season (something that is still permitted in our area). One of the main ideas that they hoped to drill into young people is not to disturb nests and to dissuade the children (and their parents) from gathering eggs. And I think Margaret’s on the right track, start them young…in the campo.