Since its pilot year in 2002, the Green Road Show has been a total success. 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 school children anxiously await the traveling show on wheels and our educators are always warmly greeted as they drive around town in their painted vehicle. The pre and post test results show a drastic increase in the participant’s knowledge of their environment.
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. The environmental educators deliver the talks in a fun, visual and hands-on approach, using an array of educational resources. Each student receives a Student Activity Booklet and posters with information about each topic are left for the classroom. The teachers have no preparation responsibilities regarding the program, but are encouraged to participate and to reinforce the message after the presentations. The program aims to motivate the teachers to continue giving the environmental message between visits of the “The Green Road Show”, and to ultimately have environmental education integrated into the curriculum.