Schools benefit from IAC legacy

3 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

Teachers and learners from Montagu Drive Primary School Teachers and learners from Montagu Drive Primary School

International aquariums are contributing resources to underprivileged schools in Cape Town as part of the legacy of the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC). To date, six aquariums and one private individual have responded to an appeal, sent initially to the IAC Steering Committee, to purchase tables which will be donated to schools after the IAC.

The aquariums that have responded are Beijing Aquarium, Enoshima Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer, SeaWorld (Orlando) and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.

“I am thrilled at the response of the Steering Committee. Schools are at the centre of our local communities and education is a priority in our country,” said 2012 IAC Steering Committee Chairperson and Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt.

In order to incorporate Café Conversation methodologies into the 8th IAC, 90 tables, manufactured by Eco-furniture Design from reclaimed or sustainably harvested timber and recycled materials, were commissioned . “It is fitting that schools benefit from the 8th IAC as we have dedicated the first day of the congress to education and, for the first time ever, a youth component – an international video conference – has been included as part of the activities of the IAC,” said Dr Garratt.

Delegates coming to the IAC still have the opportunity to purchase tables during the 8th IAC and to make a contribution to local schools. Tables can be purchased individually or in groups. If you would like to leave a legacy by purchasing tables, please contact us before the congress or, during the congress, visit the IAC Hospitality Desk outside Ballroom East in the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Click here to read more about sustainability initiatives at the 2012 IAC.

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