The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) is committed to sharing knowledge and resources through education programs and events. Our campus is open to visitors of all ages and we often go on the road to make presentations and to participate in community events.
CEI have several education programs that reach young Bahamians. Our Local School Programs connect CEI to schools throughout Eleuthera by sharing information about current research projects. CEI offers a Summer Apprenticeship program to South Eleuthera students in high school or older who are interested in learning more about our research and education facility and getting hands on experience in a variety of fields. The Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) program is administered in collaboration with BREEF, one of our local community partners. The BESS program is a unique opportunity for graduating students in The Bahamas ages 15-18 who have a keen interest in the environment and want to learn more as they transition from high school to university studies.
Our other local community partners include:
Our Local School Programs connect CEI and our Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) to schools throughout Eleuthera and share information about current research projects. Through this program, young Bahamians get to understand principles of marine conservation and environmental stewardship, participate in research themselves and get hands-on experience with topics covered in the national curriculum. Students gain a deeper appreciation for their natural resources and the need to protect them. Local School Programs support and supplement students’ experiences in school and engage a future generation of scientists, guides, and policy makers.
To share research from the Cape Eleuthera Institute and Center for Sustainable Development with young Bahamians through classroom and field-based learning experiences.
Making connections to engage a future generation of Bahamian scientists, engineers, guides and policy makers.
The summer apprenticeship program is open to South Eleuthera students in high school or older who are interested in learning more about our research and education facility and getting hands on experience in a variety of fields. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor and signs a contract for the duration of the summer that includes a small stipend. The purpose of the apprenticeships is to develop professional skills that can help young people be more marketable in the workplace.
The following fields are available for apprenticeship study:
In July ’16 the first Young Men’s Leadership Retreat was held at Cape Eleuthera Island School in partnership with Space to Create. The program aims to support young men in the community reach their potential as leaders. For the first week of the program participants live on The Island School campus, immersed in sustainability and marine stewardship. The pillars of the program are discipline, support and growth. The program is open to 14 students ages 13-18 each summer. The target demographic for this program is the at-risk youth that has historically been underserved in our community, the young men of South Eleuthera. The aim is to create a lasting impact and foster the sustained growth as a leader in this community. To accomplish the enduring meaningful change we are coupling this program with a year long apprenticeship held in house. The participant’s will be paired with a mentor who will firstly impart a skill and secondly offer mentorship, and guidance where needed.
Middle and High School students from Bahamian schools are encouraged to apply for educational scholarships to Deep Creek Middle School and The Island School semester and summer programs. For more information about Deep Creek Middle School and scholarship opportunities, visit the DCMS website. For more information about the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholarship offered by BREEF and The Island School, visit the scholarship page on The Island School website.
The goal of this program is to provide students with access to nutritional fruit and vegetables, as well an opportunity to gain valuable practical skills. Farming was once a common practice on Eleuthera however with the peak of tourism in the 1970’s many farmers closed shop and took advantage of the new opportunities tourism presented. However the demand for tourism on Eleuthera was not sustained and there are currently high levels of unemployment. This initiative aims to teach students responsibility, practical skills and demonstrate subsistence. Every Tuesday, during semester time students, teachers, parents and community members join our staff that are committed to assisting the primary school with the maintenance and expansion of the project.
Swim club provides an opportunity for children of all ages to become more comfortable in the sea and develop their swimming and/or snorkeling skills. The program runs bi-weekly on Saturday mornings during the school year and aims to support students to improve their skill level and help them reach their swimming goals. Silliness and sand castles are encouraged, and more advanced snorkelers are able to explore local areas and learn about marine life. Swim club currently serves 34 children between ages of 6-15.
CEI and CSD researchers attend homecomings and other local events, to share information with the community on sustainable fisheries, turtles, sharks, food security and renewable energy.
Each summer CEI hosts a Summer Environmental Camp at The Island School. The week long camp hosts 14 participants from Eleuthera. Days are spent hiking, swimming, and exploring the environment. All campers will take responsibility for the dorms, surrounding campus and develop leadership skills during this five-day sleepover camp.