J.A.M.I.N. Student Voices

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Throughout the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs, we evaluate each program by surveying students in each of the three phases of the mangrove education and restoration process. We use this information to gauge how much information the students initially know regarding mangroves and their attitudes toward them before we begin the programs. After we start the programs, we continue to survey the students. This data helps us to determine whether our education programs are effective and whether we know our audience. It also allows us to measure how much knowledge is retained and whether their attitudes and actions about mangroves change as they continue through the program.

During the final survey, we ask the students for their input about the program. We want to know things such as: How we can improve the programWhat was their favorite part of the program; and What did they learn from participating in the program?

One of my favorite things to do after the programs have ended is to read the students’ written responses. Below you will find select responses to the final survey. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

At first, I didn’t know anything about mangroves, but as soon as J.A.M.I.N. started, I learned a lot about the mangroves and how beneficial this ecosystem is to our everyday lives.

–      Sabrina Bailey, Happy Grove High School

My favorite part of J.A.M.I.N. was taking care of my mangrove propagules and recording their growth.”

— Akaylia Smith, Happy Grove High School

Thanks for making this experience of learning about mangroves easy and fun. I especially liked when we visited the marine lab in Discovery Bay, where I got a real life viewing of various animals that I only heard about or saw on tv.”

— Thronifer Morrison, William Knibb Memorial High School

I learned a lot in this program which expanded my knowledge about mangroves. I think the J.A.M.I.N. program should be taught in all secondary schools in Jamaica, so others can also understand the importance of mangroves. I would like to express a special thank you to Ms. Amy and her crew who have worked tirelessly with us.

– Jahmarley Thompson, William Knibb Memorial High School

My favorite part of this project is the restoration of the mangroves. I look forward to seeing the outcome of planting mangroves and the impact it will have on future society.”

– Deborah Elliot, William Knibb Memorial High School

I have learned that there are limited mangroves in Jamaica and that getting rid of mangroves can pose a real threat to future generations. I have also found from this very interesting journey, that I have developed a love for mangroves.” 

– Kennejah Hayden, Port Antonio High School

Mangroves are beautiful, and I have a responsibility to protect them. I would love to learn a lot more about them.”

– Samona Sudu, Port Antonio High School

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