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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Vila Presse, Jan. 7) - The Canada Fund announced this week that it has approved VT 2,870,720 (US$26,000) for an Environmental Education Pilot Project on Santo.

The project will be run by the Wan Tok Environment Centre (Santo) to support and strengthen the teaching of environmental science under the national curriculum and provide opportunities for students to develop practical skills for solving environmental challenges.

"Education is a powerful tool that can be used to help address environmental issues", explained Gina Tari, Education Officer of the Wan Tok Environment Centre (WTEC).

"Schools are in a strong position to help the younger generations to manage resources sustainably and hold onto our remaining natural resources, but there needs to be more support and practical knowledge rather that theory based information. This is what we are aiming to achieve through this exciting new project."

As a one year pilot, the activities will initially be carried out on Santo and then expanded to schools on other islands in the second and third year.

Much of the fieldwork is expected to be undertaken at the Loru Protected Area and Vatthe Conservation Area and will include scientific surveys and environmental management exercises.

The project is due to start in February.

January 8, 2004

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