The curriculum is introduced and then teachers carry out a series of selected activities to give them a clear idea on how to implement hands-on activities. Learning through hands-on application is key to being able to the curriculum in the classroom – as many teachers in the tropical world do not normally use this method of teaching. Thus they must feel both comfortable when delivering it to their students. The field trip that follows the classroom-style workshop also familiarizes the teachers with their local mangrove ecosystems, again giving them the knowledge on how to lead field trips with their own students.
The Marvellous Mangroves curriculum is structured in such a way that teachers from both primary and lower high schools can apply the knowledge that they gain in their classrooms. It is simply a question of degrees of sophistication depending on the age group of students being taught. Marvellous Mangroves is directly linked to the curriculum of each country where it is introduced, and these links are reviewed and emphasized during the workshop.
During the first introductory workshop a core group of teachers is selected that will subsequently train their peers throughout the country under the guidance of the local education co-ordinator and mangrove education specialists.