Encounter Edu becomes a member of the prestigious International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)

Encounter Edu is proud to join the prestigious ICRI partnership of Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

The Initiative was founded in 1994 by eight governments: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

ICRI’s actions have been pivotal in continuing to highlight globally the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to environmental sustainability, food security and social and cultural wellbeing. The work of ICRI is regularly acknowledged in United Nations documents, highlighting the Initiative’s important cooperation, collaboration and advocacy role within the international arena.

We hope that our work for Coral Oceans continues to encourage and support public awareness to educate children worldwide on these essential systems and inspire careers around it.

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Founder and Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Coral Live 2015 Kid With Coral Live Badge Encounter Edu
Inaugural Coral Live, 2015

Our Coral Oceans program began as an education legacy program for the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and has since developed into a standalone education initiative, reaching 1.24 million students to date. It currently comprises a full suite of teacher resources to deliver standards-aligned science and geography learning for ages 7-16. It is also supported by a range of multimedia resources including virtual reality experiences and also features the flagship Coral Live event. Coral Live allows students and classes to interact directly with researchers in the field. These live events have reached 51,700 students so far, and have run out of Timor-Leste in 2015, Bermuda in 2017 and Curaçao in 2018 and 2019.

Keep an eye out for our growing coral education offer over the next few years!