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Close ties to Universities
In 2012 the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve and the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), University of Saskatchewan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the already existing partnership. By signing the agreement, SENS and RLBR are able to expand the scope of research and education projects relating to the environment and sustainability sectors. One key feature of the Memorandum is to offer regular field trips for students to RLBR. Every year students conduct research projects on various topics in and for the Biosphere Reserve.
ASPNet – Learning for a Better Living
The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) is an international program which is implemented in over 9,000 educational institutions in 180 countries. The goals are to impart necessary skills and tools to children and young people.
More information can be found on the UNESCO ASPNet website.
ASPNet within the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve
Hafford Central School was the first educational institution in Saskatchewan to participate in the ASPNet. The school is located in the Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve which offers great opportunities to teach students the uniqueness of nature and the need to protect it.
Furthermore, the ASPNet will strengthen the link between itself and Biosphere Reserve to educate young people what biosphere reserves are and what they are for.
Watch this short film on how UNESCO Associated Schools and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves work together, build capacity through this partnership and therefore – and most importantly – empower youth in embracing nature as part of their culture.
Would you like to learn more about the ASPNet or do you have any questions? Contact Diane Hawrysh, Provincial Coordinator of ASPNet.