Education


Blue Ventures and Education
Wilstar has been a partner of Blue Ventures since 2015, supporting their work in Timor-Leste. Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. They concentrate their work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and protect marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.

Timor-Leste – a country at the heart of the Indo- Pacific coral triangle is home to the highest levels of marine biodiversity on earth. Despite its globally important marine biodiversity, Timor- Leste’s history of recent conflict and long struggle for independence have hampered the development of conservation efforts, which remain undeveloped relative to neighbouring countries in the region.

Given the critical importance of the country’s marine environment to its coastal populations, who remain some of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable, there is a critical need to help build the island’s capacity for sustainable marine and fisheries management. Responding to this, Blue Ventures is working with coastal communities, government agencies, and conservation and development organisations to help develop new approaches to engaging coastal communities in marine conservation.

Their marine conservation volunteer program helps
develop village-level economic incentives for communities to support conservation, and provide a financially sustainable framework for future marine protection efforts. As part of this volunteers will also help collect critical data on the status of marine resources, in particular threatened seagrass beds, which are home to numerous vulnerable species, including dugongs.


Blue Ventures and Education

Wilstar has been a partner of Blue Ventures since 2015, supporting their work in Timor-Leste. Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. They concentrate their work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and protect marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.

Timor-Leste – a country at the heart of the Indo- Pacific coral triangle is home to the highest levels of marine biodiversity on earth. Despite its globally important marine biodiversity, Timor- Leste’s history of recent conflict and long struggle for independence have hampered the development of conservation efforts, which remain undeveloped relative to neighbouring countries in the region.

Given the critical importance of the country’s marine environment to its coastal populations, who remain some of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable, there is a critical need to help build the island’s capacity for sustainable marine and fisheries management. Responding to this, Blue Ventures is working with coastal communities, government agencies, and conservation and development organisations to help develop new approaches to engaging coastal communities in marine conservation.

Their marine conservation volunteer program helps
develop village-level economic incentives for communities to support conservation, and provide a financially sustainable framework for future marine protection efforts. As part of this volunteers will also help collect critical data on the status of marine resources, in particular threatened seagrass beds, which are home to numerous vulnerable species, including dugongs.


CARE Norway and Education
Wilstar has been a partner of CARE Norway since 2015 supporting their work in Rwanda. CARE Norway has worked in Rwanda since 2005, focusing on women’s social and economic rights.

The country is largely characterized by the events during the genocide in 1994. Today, nearly 45% of the population in Rwanda lives in poverty, and the southern province where CARE works has the highest percentage of poor in the country.

Despite the fact that Rwanda has a strong political and legal framework for gender equality, there is a major challenge concerning gender-based violence. Many women have no access to public services or the opportunity to assert their rights in their household or local community.

Women have little control over resources such as land and income, and their low economic status prevents them from taking part in the economic market and increasing their revenues.

Although Rwanda has the highest percentage of female parliamentarians in the world, political and social participation at provincial and community levels are low. One of the reasons for this is that illiteracy among women in Rwanda is high.

Through CARE’s program women receive literacy and numeracy training in order to boost political, economic and social participation. The women get the opportunity to save and invest by participating in savings and loan groups (VSLA). The women also get access to expanded savings and loan services through financial institutions. In this way they can increase their investments as entrepreneurs and eventually employers. They are given training in entrepreneurship and enterprise development, and access to qualified mentors.

Through the teaching of rights and strengthening of civil society involvement, the program engages both women and men. The aim is to contribute to social change towards equality and prevent gender-based violence. The program has a gender-based approach focusing on that men and women together participate in the work to change attitudes and structures in society that prevent women’s opportunities.

CARE Norway and Education

Wilstar has been a partner of CARE Norway since 2015 supporting their work in Rwanda. CARE Norway has worked in Rwanda since 2005, focusing on women’s social and economic rights.

The country is largely characterized by the events during the genocide in 1994. Today, nearly 45% of the population in Rwanda lives in poverty, and the southern province where CARE works has the highest percentage of poor in the country.

Despite the fact that Rwanda has a strong political and legal framework for gender equality, there is a major challenge concerning gender-based violence. Many women have no access to public services or the opportunity to assert their rights in their household or local community.

Women have little control over resources such as land and income, and their low economic status prevents them from taking part in the economic market and increasing their revenues.

Although Rwanda has the highest percentage of female parliamentarians in the world, political and social participation at provincial and community levels are low. One of the reasons for this is that illiteracy among women in Rwanda is high.

Through CARE’s program women receive literacy and numeracy training in order to boost political, economic and social participation. The women get the opportunity to save and invest by participating in savings and loan groups (VSLA). The women also get access to expanded savings and loan services through financial institutions. In this way they can increase their investments as entrepreneurs and eventually employers. They are given training in entrepreneurship and enterprise development, and access to qualified mentors.

Through the teaching of rights and strengthening of civil society involvement, the program engages both women and men. The aim is to contribute to social change towards equality and prevent gender-based violence. The program has a gender-based approach focusing on that men and women together participate in the work to change attitudes and structures in society that prevent women’s opportunities.


Ship of Tolerance and Education
Wilstar is focused on building a syndicate to help finance of the construction of the ship of tolerance in 2018. The Ship of Tolerance is the vision of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, world-renowned artists who have toured this installation in many cities around the world. The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to build long term friendships and understanding as well as educating and connecting youth from different continents, cultures and identities living in our society, through the language of art and music. It is a conceptual piece which examines how divergent cultures interpret tolerance.

The project brings together Norwegian, multicultural and asylum seeking children from the wider Oslo area though multiple ways.

Firstly, Save the Children will be teaching tolerance across different schools. Secondly the Nobel Peace Center and the National Museum will be teaching tolerance to their visiting school groups. Here, the students will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussions which will allow them to fully explore the term, their own views surrounding the topic, the views of their peers as well as real life scenarios and stories. The aim is for the students to gain a holistic understanding of tolerance in relation to both the Peace Prize and art.

The project will create a legacy teaching tool which can be used for future generations of school children and teachers to engage communities in Norway and internationally on the issues of tolerance. 

Finally, the ships sails will be stitched together from paintings by hundreds of these local school children and it will convey a message of tolerance and hope.

Ship of Tolerance and Education

Wilstar is focused on building a syndicate to help finance of the construction of the ship of tolerance in 2018. The Ship of Tolerance is the vision of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, world-renowned artists who have toured this installation in many cities around the world. The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to build long term friendships and understanding as well as educating and connecting youth from different continents, cultures and identities living in our society, through the language of art and music. It is a conceptual piece which examines how divergent cultures interpret tolerance.

The project brings together Norwegian, multicultural and asylum seeking children from the wider Oslo area though multiple ways.

Firstly, Save the Children will be teaching tolerance across different schools. Secondly the Nobel Peace Center and the National Museum will be teaching tolerance to their visiting school groups. Here, the students will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussions which will allow them to fully explore the term, their own views surrounding the topic, the views of their peers as well as real life scenarios and stories. The aim is for the students to gain a holistic understanding of tolerance in relation to both the Peace Prize and art.

The project will create a legacy teaching tool which can be used for future generations of school children and teachers to engage communities in Norway and internationally on the issues of tolerance. 

Finally, the ships sails will be stitched together from paintings by hundreds of these local school children and it will convey a message of tolerance and hope.

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