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EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Conservation Society of Pohnpei’s Environmental Awareness Program was created with the mission to educate all of Pohnpei’s residents about the importance of their surrounding environment and encourage their participation in conservation activities. CSP’s approach is multi-faceted. The Youth-to-Youth in Environmental Awareness and Education Program focuses on sixth grade classes at each of the schools in Pohnpei. The Green Road Show also travels around the state, visiting fifth grade classes. Additionally, CSP’s Youth Environmental Ambassadors Club for high school students and other Community Outreach activities seek to involve members of the community and generate interest in learning about and protecting the environment. CSP produces weekly radio programs, videos, posters, numerous resource materials, and several publications, including a quarterly newsletter.

Community Outreach

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Community Outreach

Unlike Youth-to-Youth and the Green Road Show, which target elementary age students, CSP tries to undertake all possible awareness approaches to ensure that our message is dispersed to all of Pohnpei’s population. Therefore, CSP came up with another environmental awareness program called “Community Outreach” that targets community members. This program goes out to communities and targets the young and old, and people in school and out of school.

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Green Road Show

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Green Road Show

The Green Road Show is a mobile, all-inclusive and entertaining environmental education program directed toward Pohnpei’s fifth graders. It is the first environmental education program focused specifically on Pohnpei’s conservation issues. The program is run by two Environmental Educators that visit all the primary schools six times throughout the school year. Each session is centered on one of four environmental topics: Upland Forest, Mangroves, Coral Reef, and Waste and Pollution.

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Youth-to-Youth

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Youth-to-Youth

Borrowing from the very successful Youth-to-Youth public education and awareness program in the Marshall Islands, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei has tailored the approach to improve environmental awareness and education in Pohnpei. Together with partners, CSP is coordinating the Pwulopwul ohng me Pwulopwul (Youth-to-Youth) environmental program in seven schools. The program partners each school with a state agency or non-governmental organization to work on an environmental project throughout the school year.

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Youth Environmental Ambassador’s Club

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Youth Environmental Ambassador’s Club

The 2004-05 school year the education program implemented an Environmental Club for grades 9-12 from three local schools. The club meets twice a month, and takes part in workshops, lectures and a number of different activities, like town clean-ups. The Environmental Club is intended to present Pohnpei specific and global environmental information to interested students by participating in hands-on activities which are relevant to conservation efforts. The club also hopes to promote science, math, and environmental careers and support the students in becoming peer and community educators for their environment and ‘owners’ of their natural heritage.

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