A sad truth is that most reports written about the marine ecosystems were rarely positive about their future. This is not the case for teaching. Each and every day the students that I teach amaze me with their curiosity, creativity, understanding of the natural world, integrity, resilience, and a wealth of other skills. When I teach the students of NAIS Manila, they also teach me optimism for the future of our planet in a way that a dataset collected from a marine protected area could never do.
Nowhere is this more evident than in our collaboration with MIT’s S.T.E.A.M. Programme. This unique program is so different from conventional teaching. The forefront of the programme, is that we actively nurture essential skills like creativity, curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration and confidence. When the students know that they are not being graded with the use of a levels rubric, it allows them to really be creative in their work and concentrate on whatever current events that they consider to be the most critical for them.