November, 2018 to Present
Since the formation of SRCS in 2002, the members of the organisation have understood that environmental education is the key to the future sustainable development of the Rupununi.
Prior to 2018, SRCS ensured that environmental education was a key component of all its project. Examples of this included taking students on bird watching trips, creating educational materials and carrying children on field excursions.
In 2018, SRCS received funding to design and implement an environmental education curriculum for Indigenous Youth in the Rupununi. As part of the design process, SRCS held consultations with communities in the Rupununi to ascertain the information that residents thought were important for their children to learn.
From this, SRCS designed a 2-year environmental education curriculum. In the first year, children learn about the wildlife, environment and culture of the Rupununi through a series of weekly classes that are taught by a community member who has been trained by SRCS. In the second year, the children use their knowledge to create and implement a project to address an environmental issue in their community before then designing and piloting a solution.
The curriculum is designed to avoid the usual "chalk and talk" style of teaching and is instead focused on teaching through practical activities such as camera trapping, bird watching, field trips, scavenger hunts, map making and more.
The curriculum has so far been implemented in 13 communities in the Rupununi and has involved over 500 Indigenous Youth. By July 2023, SRCS aims to implement the curriculum in more than 16 communities and to over 1000 students.
In addition to the curriculum, SRCS continues to create a variety of environmental education materials such as posters, nature guides, documentaries and radio broadcasts.