Environmental education

Pandemic is the Mother of Invention

Landau May 8, 2021.

COVID not only prevents, the pandemic also inspires. In 2020, Nicole Bertram (Sphenisco) initiated the "pingutastic" campaign "Encouragement Messages" https://padlet.com/nicolebertram/4jyu8qi0o5wf

In 2021, the Professional Association of Zoo Animal Keepers e.V. (BdZ) had an unusual idea concerning the World Penguin Day (April 25). The federation called on its members to send any photos and videos on the topic „penguins“ to the board on the occasion of the honor day 2021. Many zoo keepers participated.

For every picture and video, which was sent in, the BdZ donated a small amount to SPHENISCO. In the end, the sum reached was even doubled. Result: the video "Happy World Penguin Day" produced from the contributions


and the proud sum of € 352 for the protection of the species. Thank you for so much creativity, commitment and appreciation of the work of SPHENISCO.


translated by Angelika Veelken

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Environmental education despite pandemic

- ACOREMA breaks new ground -

Landau January 4, 2021.

Good and bad news reached SPHENISCO from Peru shortly before the end of the year. The bad first. The leader of the project "Queremos vivir - we want to live" Milagros Ormeño B. and almost her whole family was infected with Covid 19. The courses were very different. Milagros herself was severely affected for more than 2 weeks. However, she did not have to be hospitalized, but her mother-in-law did. In the meantime, she and the affected family members, including her parents, have survived the worst. Her little daughter Mikayla and her husband Helbert were not infected.

The good news concerns the project "Queremos vivir - we want to live". In Peru, too, children could not go out to play with their friends as a result of the pandemic. Of course, they were also unable to attend school. This is a very difficult time for parents and children. Many do not have the necessary technological tools, such as laptops, cell phones, and the Internet, to be able to use programs like "Zoom" or "Meet". In addition, some families have two or more children who have classes at the same time.

It was difficult for teachers and parents to adjust to this new reality. However, the Ministry of Education promoted the "I learn at home" initiative. This made it possible to teach at different times via radio, television and the Internet. These distance learning sessions attempted to teach indispensable learning content. The emergency program was complemented by sessions of emotional support for families.

In this new and difficult scenario, ACOREMA continued environmental education in schools in completely new ways, in coordination with school principals and teachers to educate about nature and the environment. First, the education initiative was presented to the school board and teachers via "Zoom". Information was presented and strategies were developed that were compatible with the realities of families.

Children responded incredibly positively to the environmental education offerings, including the youngest (ages 3 to 6). The response showed that amazing things can be accomplished in homeschooling with few resources. This is true even under the extremely difficult conditions of the pandemic, with so many negatives. It was especially gratifying that even parents joined the initiative by acting with their children, making the message heard and repeated. Once again, ACOREMA was able to overcome obstacles and achieve so much with great commitment and flexibility.

Materials were developed by ACOREMA for the web portals of the municipalities. Virtual infographics were used primarily to provide information about marine pollution. The campaign focused on the issue of "plastic in the sea". A problem that has been enormously exacerbated in the "new reality" by the mass use of masks and gloves that subsequently end up in the sea.

Currently, in the summer months, ACOREMA is focusing on the design of a new brochure, planning and coordinating actions for the new school year that begins in March.

Of course, Señora Milagros and her small team unfortunately could not realize some projects. Currently, the group is working to make up for this, conditions permitting. However, under the conditions of the pandemic, it was and is not possible, for example, to carry out the vacation workshops for the children of fishermen in Tambo de Mora (Chincha) and San Andrés (Pisco). ACOREMA hopes that the workshops can be held again in 2022. To compensate for the loss, ACOREMA is working on alternative offerings.




translated by Gabriele Knauf


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Wir wollen leben - Umweltbildung in Ica, Südperu

Landau 11. Juni 2020

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Seit 10 Jahren organisiert und gestaltet Acorema Programme zur Umweltbildung im Auftrag von SPHENISCO. Begonnen hat die peruanische NGO ihre Kampagnen beim Reserva Nacional de Paracas (UNESCO Weltnaturerbe) in der Nähe von Pisco, Südperu. Inzwischen hat sie ihre Bildungsarbeit auf Regionen bei anderen wichtigen Brutgebieten wie das Reserva Nacional San Fernando und San Juan de Marcona in der Provinz Ica ausgeweitet. In der langen Zusammenarbeit überrascht Acorema immer wieder mit neuen Medien, die nicht nur inhaltlich hochwertig sondern auch wunderschön gestaltetet sind. Aktuell mußten Milagros Ormeño B. und ihre Mitstreiter die Arbeit wegen der Pandemie leider unterbrechen. Es ist geplant sie so bald wie möglich wiederaufzunehmen.

In dem kleinen Film https://vimeo.com/426299013 berichtet Gabriele Knauf über die Arbeit in den Jahren 2017-2019. Der Beitrag ist Teil der Berichterstattung bzw. der Vorbereitung der Mitgliederversammlung von SPHENISCO am 27. Juni 2020, die als Videokonferenz gestaltet wird.

Acorema 2018

Landau 6th July 2018.
AcoremaSphenisco has been working together with the Peruvian NGO, Acorema since 2010. Since then, Acorema has regularly conducted educational campaigns on behalf of Sphenisco under the motto, “Queremos vivir – We Want to Live”. Initially, the work was limited to the Pisco/Paracas Region, but has expanded in the last few years to include the Chincha Region, and more recently, the Nazca Region. From the very beginning, the hallmark of the work was the intense cooperation with schools and pre-schools, with activities in public places, conversations with small-scale fishermen on location, vacation workshops and high-quality media, such as flyers, the mascot named Pisko, puppet theaters, etc. These media are not only informative and appealing, but also perfectly modulated for each target group. The basis of the work was and is the intense networking with schools, communities, the Paracas National Park and small-scale fishing organizations.

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Umweltbildung in Fischerdörfern

Seit 2011 arbeitet Acorema in Südperu

Landau, 16. Januar 2014.

Seit Ende 2011 arbeitet Sphenisco gemeinsam mit der NGO Acorema für den Naturschutz in Peru. Seither sind Senora Milagros Ormeno, Senor Herbert Anenante H. und das Maskottchen Pisko in Fischerdörfern der Region Pisco (Südperu) unterwegs, um in der Öffentlichkeit und in Schulen über Natur und wertvollen Lebensräume von Humboldt-Pinguinen, Delfinen und anderen Meerestieren zu informieren und für ihren Schutz zu werben.


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