Investing in people
Education is fundamental to poverty alleviation in resource-dependent coastal communities. Blue Ventures leverages its web presence to attract investment in education, training and capacity building in partner communities.
From supporting primary education through schools scholarships to providing intensive residential training for graduate students, our teams around the world work tirelessly to promote coaching and development, from grassroots environmental education to advanced technical training in marine ecology.
Every year, we provide hundreds of fully funded scholarships to children to attend school, numerous university scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and dozens of residential training programmes for community members in field based conservation research and management.
Help some of Madagascar’s poorest children gain the education they need to improve their lives and their communities.
The fishing villages along Madagascar’s southwest coast are some of the poorest communities on Earth. They have no electricity, no running water, and most villagers have never had a formal education and cannot read or write.
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In a groundbreaking new partnership, UNICEF is working with Blue Ventures to enhance its community-based conservation program through innovative, technological teaching tools for the youth of coastal southwest Madagascar.
The model empowers and connects youth to engage in dialogue with their peers both here in Madagascar and beyond.
Each year Blue Ventures hosts the Community Scholarship Programme, granting a scholarship to community members for an in-depth six week training course in marine science and conservation research.
This programme focuses on learning to SCUBA dive, ecological survey methods and species identification.
Each year, Blue Ventures awards a number of scholarships to university students in two of our host nations, training them in SCUBA diving, marine science and conservation research.
To help increase capacity to effectively manage coastal areas in our host nations, our scholarship programme brings university students and recent graduates to its project sites in Madagascar.
The J. Paul Getty Award, described by US president Ronald Reagan as ‘the Nobel Prize for conservation' was established in 1974 andrecognises outstanding leadership in conservation.
The award recognises achievement in three annually rotating categories: political leadership, scientific leadership, and community leadership in conservation.