UWCT’s first Primary School Service Group, the MANTA Pups is a unique CCA that has brought together a group of concerned and empowered Grade 3 and Grade 5 students who are interested in marine sciences, conservation, mangrove ecosystems and coral reefs. The MANTA Pups are young advocates for change who participate in diverse learning opportunities related to service, action, conservation and environmental stewardship. Being a MANTA Pup involves both off-campus excursions to beaches and coastal areas, as well as on-campus learning sessions. Time spent on campus will involve learning marine biology basics, meeting with local experts and change-makers within Phuket, planning and organising school events to raise funds and awareness, as well as exploring ways to bring about large-scale change within our own community practices.
The MANTA Pups are inspired by UWCT’s first Global Concern Group, The Marine Animal and Nature Trust Association (MANTA Senior), which is a student-initiated service project in our High School. Over the last 2 years MANTA has been working towards its aims of having a positive impact in restoring local mangrove sites, along with monitoring coral reefs around Phuket. MANTA students have been developing a mangrove nursery on campus and carrying out mangrove planting trips. They have also been working with SeaBees Diving, in order to gain the required diving certifications that will allow them to monitor and collect data on a newly discovered reef off the shore of Nai Yang beach.
In Season 2 the MANTA Pups have spent time bonding as a group and getting to know each other. Through marine science activities and lessons, students developed a stronger sense of the environment that they already care deeply for.
Students have Manta Pups journals to record their ideas and showcase their learning. The Manta Pups spent an afternoon with their MANTA Senior mentors, learning about their projects and asking them questions. We’ve also had 3 exciting trips to Nai Yang beach to explore and investigate beach ecosystems. We created some ephemeral art, collected mangrove seed pods, and walked through the tide pools at low tide in search of marine plants and animals. Students have begun learning how to manage project and event planning, by designing a school-wide Motion For The Ocean day to celebrate World Oceans Day in June 2019.
For more information about MANTA Pups please contact Kru Aloni firstname.lastname@example.org