On Aug. 20, the Ocean Generation Project in conjunction with the Ministry of Education in Saint Lucia, proudly graduates 60 young people from a technology and innovation summer school held in Micoud.
Working at the local secondary school and community access ICT centre, the Ocean Generation Project – a not for profit organization funded by UNOPS – provided the technological support and training to empower 60 young people to make world-class documentaries about ocean health.
The young participants, aged from 7-17 years old, were supported to make documentaries about ocean conservation addressing topics as critical as plastic pollution on beaches and contamination in fish, in formats as diverse as action movies and ‘how to’ documentaries.
Daisy Kendrick, director of the project on the ground, said “it was absolutely amazing seeing local Saint Lucian young people tell their stories, through their own eyes, about why the oceans are so important. No one could tell this story more powerfully that these incredible young people. They will really change the tone of the global debate about ocean conservation.”
The short films, all produced edited and starring local young people, will be promoted by the Ocean Generation Project on YouTube, social media, and across UNOPS networks.
The Ocean Generation project is the first part of a global project to support Millennial and Gen Z from around the world to address ocean conservation. It works with young people in OCED countries to raise awareness, and aims to work with young people from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to help them develop skills to improve ocean health. It is run by WATOceans, a US based organization funded by UNOPS. For more information, see www.watoceans.org or email Rys Farthing on firstname.lastname@example.org