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SIF has a full and comprehensive education and outreach programme based in the Vallee de Mai.  Schools regularly visit the Vallee as part of a wider initiative with the Ministry of Environment to raise awareness of the Vallee de Mai and the need to support its protection.  SIF has also set up the Friends of the 'Vallee de Mai' club in the schools on Praslin.  Schoolchildren who are part of this club regularly visit the Vallee de Mai and take part in extra curricular activities in school. 

A number of activities have also been conducted in the schools. These include talks and presentations on Vallée De Mai, poster and creative writing competitions, public speaking competitions, rallies and the opportunity to participate in one of two holiday camps each year.  The holiday camps are aa week long event that give local children the chance to experience and gain in depth knowledge of the Vallee de Mai.  They particpate in many different research surveys and receive presentations on the biology and ecology of the unique species that are found in the forest.

In addition, SIF also participates in public awareness and outreach events on Praslin and Mahe.  These offer an opportunity to increase the public knowledge of SIF and the research that is being conducted at both of our valuable world heritage sites.   


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