International Education Consulting
Outreach • Teacher Training • Student Workshops • Curriculum Consulting
At Manu Kai we firmly believe in the importance of well-rounded, comprehensive science instruction. When it comes to understanding the life sciences and natural history, it is vital that students are instructed in a way that incorporates the foundational concepts that enable the understanding of how the story of life is constructed. This integrated approach to learning is key to the process of cultivating a knowledgeable, scientifically literate citizenry who can make informed decisions that impact the ecosystems that sustain us.
We at Manu Kai are committed to ensuring that students around the world, and particularly those in ecologically sensitive and biodiversity rich areas, receive sound scientific instruction at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We work with local schools, non-profits, curriculum consortiums and ministries of education worldwide to improve upon science standards and to develop curricula that incorporates fundamental topics, however controversial or difficult to understand, in a way that relates to students’ everyday experiences. To do this, we have teamed up with organizations like the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University, the Belize Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Examination Council to turn these goals into realty.
Understanding the basic building blocks of all life helps us become more educated, scientifically literate citizens capable of making informed decisions that impact the environment around us. Teaching difficult topics like evolution and the scientific method is vital to this because science is playing an increasingly important role in our world. From the development of more effective medicine, better crop yields, more accurate weather prediction, safer transportation, and cleaner energy sources, new discoveries and scientific innovations are shaping our lives in profound ways. When citizens and policy makers understand the need for, and benefits of, comprehensive science instruction, and concepts like evolution, biodiversity, ecosystem services and scientific literacy, we can make decisions that will have profound impacts on our environment, our economies, and our future.