Earthwatch is to benefit from ICAP's 16th annual global Charity Day.
ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, will hold its 2008 Charity Day on 10th December 2008. On this special day, ICAP gives away its total revenues and brokers' commissions to charity, and this year Earthwatch is among the many organisations to benefit from the company's generosity. ICAP's idea for an annual charity day has proved highly successful over the years, with its offices worldwide raising more than £42 million for charity.
ICAP funding will support Earthwatch's 2009 Teacher Fellowship Programme; in 2009 Earthwatch will send 36 teachers to work alongside leading scientists on field research expeditions. As well as contributing valuable hours of their time to enable scientists to carry out critical research, the teachers will also learn about environmental sustainability. An educational facilitator will be among each team to maximise learning and encourage discussion among teachers about how to engage their students in environmental issues.
Time will be set aside for the teachers to develop lesson plans and classroom projects linked to science and conservation. Following their experiences they will be able to apply to Earthwatch for a small grant to implement their ideas.
The Earthwatch Teacher Fellowship Programme engages teachers in hands-on conservation research so they can, in turn, inspire their students to take deeper interests in science, geography, and the environment around them. Every teacher that Earthwatch engages creates the potential to reach hundreds of secondary school students over a short period of time. The programme has been running for the past 11 years, and during that time more than 600 teachers have experienced hands-on conservation research on Earthwatch expeditions. In 2008, 24 teachers joined Earthwatch expeditions to Scotland and Greece to contribute to whale and dolphin research, and to Iceland to study glacial landforms.
The Teacher Fellowship Programme forms part of Earthwatch's mission to promote the understanding and action necessary to achieve environmental sustainability.