SueTy, or "Whisper of the Bird" in Muisca language, aims to protect the endangered Apolinar's Wren by bringing environmental & birdlife education to a rural school at Lake Tota (COL). By developing a fun, creative model that combines transmedia storytelling, the children will also be introduced to various art forms. With their active participation at every creation stage, we want to empower them to protect their lake, while raising awareness of the general public and improving lake's governance.
As the largest lake in Colombia, Lake Tota provides drinking water to 400.000 people, is home to 171 species of birds (10 are endemic, including our target-endangered Apolinar's Wren), and has a rich cultural history. Despite this, the past few decades have seen Lake Tota increasingly polluted by expansion of agriculture, fish farming, and urban runoff, which have already pushed two endemic species to extinction. Local dependant communities, and other species too, are increasingly at risk.
SueTy provides innovative environmental education through music & art to the children who live around Lake Tota. Our 9-month project uses transmedia storytelling for 5 topics with a combination of music, drawings, stop-motion, and birdsong to increase knowledge of the environment & its conservation, aiming for better practices and increasing participation. SueTy, which will begin with a rural school in Guaquira (close to the lake), will also fulfill the lack of music & art education in the area.
Educating children about the importance of their local ecosystem will inspire communities to preserve their habitat & future by protecting Lake Tota. SueTy will not just raise awareness of nature conservation, but will also produce educational videographic content that we will publish to reach a broader audience. Our model promotes collaborative environmental learning that can be rendered in other threatened regions. Through SueTy we want to encourage young people to bring change to the region.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
[Video-SueTy] Our NGO and SueTy Introduction
[Video-StopMotion] eg. Our Bird Animation to Teach
[SueTy Translations] Deutsche, Francais, Espanol