Şebnem Deyanat/ Education Projects Manager
The Blue Breath
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
The Blue Breath Project was created with the aim of combating the climate crisis and developing a sustainable world. TURMEPA in cooperation with Garanti BBVA has been implementing the Blue Breath project since September 2021 to create awareness on the serious sea snot phenomenon (mucilage) the sea of Marmara was struggling with.
How does your innovation work in practice?
To reach 60 thousand 10-14 year-old students and 4 thousand teachers as the target groups of the project, hybrid model of education has been implemented.As the first step,online education in 7 cities;Kocaeli,İstanbul,Bursa,Çanakkale,Tekirdağ,Yalova and Balıkesir;surrounding the Marmara Sea has been carried out to raise awareness of the target group on the importance of the sea and sustainable water resources,the significance of protecting marine ecosystem,zero waste,zero waste blue and individual responsibilities in this regard.In 6 months since the beginning of the project,20.371 people were reached in a total of 107 schools through online education held in Kocaeli,İstanbul and Bursa,respectively.In the second part of education, students attended in-person education on the Blue Breath Bus where Robotic Coding and Production Skills Workshops were organized.To protect the Marmara Sea, 2 sea sweepers active in the Bosphorous has collected 28.290 kg of solid waste and sea snot in 6 months
How has it been spreading?
126 high school students, called Blue Detectives, from 6 schools voluntarily participated in the interactive education program within the scope of this project to firstly learn and raise their own awareness; prepare various marine projects on the importance of preservation of marine ecosystem and later reach their peers in 7 cities in the Marmara region to spread the project by educating them on the same subjects. The Blue Breath Bus equipped with all the necessary technological materials for the workshops has attracted a lot of attention since it hosted the students in central places of each district for a week. Social media announcements, e-bulletins, project film, project reports, sharing teacher and students’ feedback etc. were other ways to disseminate the project.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Preparing educational content on marine ecosystem, addressing environmental issues and offering some solutions to combat these problems, collaborating with local authorities like district national education directorates to organize schools or municipalities for some permissions etc., teaming up with STEAM experts etc.
We are open for further collaboration on similar projects.