Cousteau Society founder Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau believed that the future rests in the hands of young people. By capturing children’s interest in the undersea world at an early age, we inspire them to continue learning about it — and about how to care for our precious Water Planet — throughout their lives.
For thirty years The Cousteau Society has published the award-winning magazine Cousteau Kids for 8-12 years old children. Cousteau Kids introduced young readers to life in and around the sea by featuring fascinating marine creatures as well as exciting Cousteau work! In every issue, kids explored nature and science around the world.
With the COUSTEAU IN THE CLASSROOM program, Cousteau Kids magazine brought the ocean to life for all pupils and teachers. Teaching Guides for each issue were published online to help make the most of the subjects, enhance reading strategies, to provide reproducible student activities and help teachers find new ways to connect with the classroom.
To reach new educational standards and always improve the quality of its program, the Cousteau Kids program is currently being updated; the brand new version will be released soon and will delight kids, families and teachers.
Agente Cousteau in Brazil
Based on its expertise for environmental education, in collaboration with the Minas Gerais State in Brazil and the UNESCO- HidroEx center, the Cousteau Society developed a program for kids from 6 to 11 years old focused on freshwater issues named Agente Cousteau.
Beginning in the municipalities of Frutal and Uberaba, it reaches today more than 150 000 ; by 2014, the program will be used in all public schools in the state of Minas Gerais, helping 4 million students in the understanding of the interdependence of all living things and the importance of water.
Besides a virtual learning environment (www.agentecousteau.org.br), the project has a Cousteau mascot which teaches children the importance freshwater and how everyone can contribute to the preservation and sustainable use of this key natural ressource.