New BNT Video Series Introduces Kids to Environmental Education

10/26/2021 6:52:29 PM

The Bahamas National Trust in partnership with the Sandals Foundation is proud to release a new series of animated videos for children to learn more about the environment. “The Adventures of Xuma the Explorer” will feature an original character named Xuma, a young Bahamian explorer seeking adventures while learning about the environment

The video series is aimed towards children ages 5 – 12 and it explores environmental topics like native plants, marine resources, and the benefits of nature. Xuma tackles prevalent environmental issues like climate change and pollution in a unique style that is informative and entertaining, appropriate for young children.

 

Portia Sweeting, Director of Education at the BNT, said: “We’re overjoyed to work with the Sandals Foundation to find new ways to deliver environmental education to Bahamian children. The next generation will inherit The Bahamas we leave behind, and we must educate and empower them to make positive choices that help to protect the future of our planet.”

Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director, said: “At the BNT we believe education is a key part of the environmental conversation, which is why we have committed to creating and sustaining impactful education programs to create the next generation of environmental stewards. We hope Xuma can positively engage and influence children’s behavior and increase their understanding of what they can do to help tackle the climate crisis.”

Since its inception, the BNT has created informative educational material and delivered education programs as a key focus of its organizational objectives. The award-winning Discovery Club program was launched in 1994 and has since impacted thousands of kids around the country, creating environmental stewards who go on to make many positive strides in the environmental field. 

“‘The Adventures of Xuma the Explorer’ is just one of the BNT’s newest educational projects,” said Jonisha Cartwright, BNT Education Officer. “Since the onset of Covid-19 we’ve been exploring various ways to continue delivering environmental education to Bahamians. We’ve created virtual park experiences, educational videos for high schoolers, and moved our Discovery Club Program to a Virtual Learning Management System.

The videos will be uploaded on YouTube as well as the organization’s website. They will also be showcased to students around the country through multiple programs, including the Ministry of Education’s National Primary School Science Curriculum and the BNT’s Discovery Club Program.

Click here for the first season.