UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) launched its Ocean Literacy programme, including an online portal to promote awareness and exchange of knowledge, and a teaching guide and toolkit to mainstream ocean literacy into schools worldwide.
Promoting Ocean Literacy is one of UNESCO’s goals for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade), which the United Nations (UN) has proclaimed for the years 2021 to 2030.
This week, through a partnership between the Federal University of São Paulo’s Maré de Ciência Project and the Secretariat of Environment of the Santos Municipality, a Portuguese translation of IOC’s “Ocean Literacy for all: A toolkit” will be released for use in public and private schools throughout the state of São Paulo and, ultimately, anywhere in Brazil.
The Portuguese kit will be formally launched during an event on 5-6 September in Santos, Brazil’s. The launch will be attended by staff from UNESCO’s IOC, notably the kit’s author Francesca Santoro, coordinator of the organization’s Ocean Literacy program, and Vinicius Lindoso, IOC Communication Officer.
Cultura Oceânica, the Brazilian term for Ocean Literacy, is an invitation for schools, companies, NGOs, government, universities, communities, citizens, each and every one of us, to recognize the role of the ocean in our lives, to talk about its importance, to recognize our influence on the ocean, think about our behaviors and propose actions, public policies, and innovative tools that help conserve the ocean and ensure the quality of life for future generations.
The launch event in Santos will be an opportunity for recognizing and valuing what has already been done in this area in different countries and boost new actions and discussions.