The Biodiversity Awareness Programme is a project conceptualized and implemented by the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) in collaboration with the operators of Highway 2000 East-West (Jamaica Infrastructure Operator Ltd and TransJamaican Highway Limited). The primary aim of the project is to increase awareness of biodiversity and related-issues in the Vicinity of Phase IB of the Highway 2000 Project (Sandy Bay to May Pen). It initially targets the Chandler’s Pen Primary & Junior High School located in Chateau, Clarendon and involves the establishment of a Biodiversity Centre on the school compound.
The Centre, which officially opened in June 8, 2012, is the focal point of a programme of biodiversity-related activities conducted by personnel from the NHMJ, among other resource persons, whose expertise cover animal and plant diversity, biodiversity conservation and environmental education. It is equipped with books, equipment and other resources that enables it to function as a classroom, library and resource centre for the programme as well as any other activities that may be conducted at the school. The resources of the Centre will eventually be made accessible to other schools.
The project seeks to provide students with a unique experiential learning opportunity in which they will interact with their local environment and explore their creative abilities while learning about biodiversity.