Throughout the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs, we evaluate the program by surveying students in each of the three phases. We use this information to gage how much information the students initially know regarding mangroves and their attitudes towards 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 or not 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 program; What 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!
J.A.M.I.N. Year 1 Students William Knibb High School
“I would like you to know that I love this program very much and I am considering being a marine biologist now.”
– Ayannessia Burch
“My favorite part of this project was the planting of the propagules (my babies).” – Trishaun Thompson
“I have learned a lot during the J.A.M.I.N. program, but the most important thing that I learned is the need to protect our mangroves for future generations.” – Natasha Stewart
“I learned that as part of a younger generation, we have a great responsibility of protecting mangroves. Since participating in the J.A.M.I.N. program, I started recycling both at school and at home.” – Shuwani Thompson
J.A.M.I.N. Year 2 Students William Knibb High School
“The J.A.M.I.N. program has gifted me with more confidence in myself as a young scientist.” – Marsden Palmer
“In school we do not get the opportunity to see how science can help the world. The J.A.M.I.N. program helped me to see that and be a part of it, and for that I say thank you.” – Rick Llewellyn
“The J.A.M.I.N. program is one of the best programs that I have participated in. I would like this program to continue teaching students about mangroves.” – Damion Minto
“I will use the information that I learned in my two years in the J.A.M.I.N. program to educate others and protect the mangroves.” – Javar Barnes