About Us

BAY OF BENGAL OCEAN LITERACY NETWORK

With the vision to create Ocean literate citizenry, the Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network works to prepare the educators and experts in all littoral countries of the Bay of Bengal; Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. To do that, the network is facilitating knowledge-collaboration and capacity-building activities supported by the in-kind contributions of the members and other donors.


Join the network

The network is open to educational and research institutions, NGOs, mass-media organizations, and development partners who are committed to promoting Ocean Literacy and Bay of Bengal Literacy. Join the network! Write to our email address opinion at bayofbengalliteracy dot net expression your interest.


 

Collaborators

This network is a result of multi-organizational collaboration under the ongoing ‘Bay of Bengal Stewardship’ (July 2018 – June 2020). Currently, supporting regional collaborating institutions for the ‘Bay of Bengal Stewardship’ is;

  • Aquatic Bioresource Lab, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
  • AMR Solutions
  • Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative BYEI
  • Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Myanmar
  • Center for Critical and Qualitative Studies, University of Liberal Arts
  • EarthLanka, Sri Lanka
  • Global Youth Biodiversity Network GYBN
  • Riverine People
  • Radio Lokbetar
  • Radio Naf
  • Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment VOICE

VOICE provides the network with secretariat support. The network does not accept any direct financial support from any entities. All specific projects/initiatives that require direct financial supports must have to be hosted under an additional arrangement by a member or a group of members.

In addition to the Bay of Bengal Stewardship project, the network membership is now open to all relevant organizations. If your organization has this vision of Ocean literate society and interested to build the capacity building program for formal and informal educators, you are welcome to the network.


International Collaboration

The network was established as a result of a project implemented by VOICE supported by EJN’s Bay of Bengal Organization Grant.

We have knowledge-collaboration arrangements with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) of the U.S.; one of the pioneering organizations promoting Ocean Literacy. As part of the ‘Bay of Bengal Stewardship’ project from July 2018 to June 2020, the NMEA has particularly committed to supporting ‘the development of Concepts, Principles and a Framework for Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy’.


 

Focal Points

  • Din M. Sumon Rahman, Ph.D. (Focal Point at ULAB)
  • Kazi Ahsan Habib Ph.D. (Focal Point at SAU)
  • Md Kutub Uddin (Program Lead, on behalf of VOICE)
  • Pyaephyo Aung (Focal Point at BANCA)
  • Shamir Shehab (Focal Point at BYEI)
  • Sheikh Rokon (Focal Point at Riverine People)
  • Sudarsha De Silva (Focal Point at Earth Lanka)
  • Swetha Stotrabhashyam (Focal Point at GYBN)
  • S M Rezaul Karim (Focal Point at AMR Solutions)

 

OUR STORY

2017: Under the CSP fellowship provided by the U.S. State Department, Bangladeshi conservationist and communicator Md Kutub Uddin is a fellow with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program based at the University of Georgia (UGA). During his time as a scholar-in-residence with the Georgia Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension Service, Mr. Kutub Uddin develops a program titled ‘Bay of Bengal Stewardship’ under the mentorship of Georgia Sea Grant’s Associate Director Dr. Mona Behl. The first component of the project is to promote ‘Ocean Literacy’ in five Bay of Bengal countries.

2018: Volunteer facilitators affiliated with the Bay of Bengal Stewardship facilitate a number of workshops in Dhaka, and conservationists from U.S. (Sea Grant Program based in the University of Georgia), India and Sri Lanka join in via weblinks. The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) of the U.S. partner with the project for July 2018 to June 2020 period to raise the level of Ocean Literacy in the five countries around the Bay of Bengal. NMEA’s particular interest is to contribute ‘to the development of Concepts, Principles and a Framework for Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy.’

2019: VOICE implement a project with support from EJN’s Bay of Bengal Organization Grant; one of the outputs of the project is the ‘Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Bay of Bengal Literacy’ guidebook. Collaborators of Bay of Bengal Stewardship contribute to developing the guidebook titled ‘Bay of Bengal Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts’. After national workshops, online consultations, and two national consultations workshops; the collaborating organizations in Bangladesh decide to transform the programs into the ‘Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network’.

 

Last updated on 25th October 2019

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