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The National Marine Aquarium to host launch of Ocean Citizens of the Future - a joint education project for Plymouth and Brest, France

The National Marine Aquarium will host a launch event for an exciting new education project - Ocean Citizens of the Future. Taking place on Friday 15th January, the launch will provide an opportunity for project partners and students to learn more about the project through a variety of hands on activities.

Ocean Citizens of the Future is a three-year project funded by ERASMUS+ - the European Programme for education, training, youth and sport - and will bring together project partners from Plymouth and Brest, France. The project aims to increase the understanding of the importance of maritime culture in the lives of young people in Plymouth and Brest, and help them to understand what their responsibilities will be growing up as Ocean Citizens of the Future.

Project partners in Plymouth include Plymstock School, High View Primary School, Leigham Primary School, Yealmpstone Farm Primary School, Plymouth City Council and the National Marine Aquarium, while partners in Brest include l’Iroise Secondary School, Vauban Primary School, Jacquard Primary School, Petit Paris Primary School, Oceanopolis Aquarium and Brest Municipality.

With both Plymouth and Brest being experts in the marine and maritime field, the theme 'Ocean Citizens of the Future' was a natural fit.  The project will focus on the integration of the marine environment into the social and economic well-being of both cities, as well as raise awareness among local people that there's wealth of recruitment opportunities within the maritime sector. The project will run alongside current major developments to reinvigorate the European regions’ marine and advanced manufacturing sectors, which will significantly increase marine and maritime based job opportunities.

The objectives of the project also respond to global priorities on sustainable development, growth and social inclusion through the wide range of activities that are planned for the project in both cities. By joining their expertise, the City of Brest and Plymouth City Council reinforce their attachment to European values and promote their cities as dynamic ocean cities.

Activities for the students over the course of the project will directly address targets set out in the Europe 2020 strategy to promote youth, employability of young people, lifelong learning, the countering of social exclusion and the promotion of active citizenship.

Nicola Murray, Discovery and Learning Manager at the National Marine Aquarium, said: "We're delighted to be hosting the launch of this exciting new education project. Ocean Citizens of the Future will bring together partners from across Plymouth and Brest with the aim of better educating the next generation on the importance of our marine cultures. It's going to be a busy but exciting three years, and I look forward to getting involved in lots of events and activities with our Plymouth partners."

Jill Bailey, Leadership Associate for International Education, Learning and Communities, at Plymouth City Council, added: “We are very pleased that our partnership with Brest is continuing through this excellent project as our Cities have been twinned for over 50 years. By creating bonds between the pupils, teachers and other professionals Plymouth and Brest will be able to collaborate more effectively as they will have increased awareness of each other’s backgrounds.  We are very grateful to the National Marine Aquarium for arranging the project launch and are delighted to be working with them and all the other partners in both Plymouth and Brest.”

To find out more information about Ocean Citizens of the Future, please contact Jill Bailey at Plymouth City Council on [email protected]

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