Map of Schools

There are schools in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula where nearly 2000 school children are exposed to the harmful effects of road dust: Santa Teresa, Malpais, Hermosa, Futuro Verde, Delicias, Cabuya and Puedo.

School Roads



The municipality of Cobano oversaw the paving of the front of the Escuela Futuro Verde school in March 2020. The school position was most critical given it is located on a national road and the traffic volume is extremely high with large amounts of particulate matter constantly bellowing in the air.  The site, R624, route that travels from Cobano to Montezuma is currently in progress to extend another 4 km.


This school position was determined to be in critical condition.  There was no protection and the compacted dust rose easily with the traffic of any vehicle.

The school's play area was just off the road, so during recess times, the children were more exposed. Out of the all the schools analyzed, this one presented the most critical scenario. 

In front of the school, there was a terrain of varied vegetation which, from the dust traveled, carried a great variety of pollen and fungi.



Pave the Road successfully received asphalt materials from the Ministry of Public Transportation (MOPT) (US$160,000) in September of 2015 and the municipality of Cobano applied a 5mm surface which spanned a 5 km distance.  

110 school children that attend the school now breathe dust free air.  The condition of the road is beginning to deteriorate and we expect that by 2020, the road will need to be replaced.


Hermosa Valley School presents the second most critical scenario out of all the schools in the area.  A wall of material attempts to repel the dust.  However, the dust travels over the wall in large amounts and enters the open air school, affecting the cafeteria, where the children eat, as well as the classrooms from pre-k to 12.

The adjoining road is not backed up and, as in Las Delicias, the dust easily rises due to the traffic from passing vehicles.



The Santa Teresa school children are exposed to severe dust conditions.  The image above is outdated and the asphalt pavement no longer exists.

This particular school is the only one that has a building in front, which serves as a barrier for large amounts  of  dust reaching the classrooms located at the back of the property.  


However the traffic count on a daily basis measures more then 5000 vehicles within a 24 hour period making the dust exposure constant.  


The children's well being are effected adversely and many have had to drop out given it has become a health hazard for them to attend school.


The Malpais school is exposed to winds coming off the beach carrying airborne pollutants from the road dust into the classrooms.  

Even when a temporary dust mitigator is applied like molasses, the breeze still carries the surrounding road.


The Cabuya school children, like the others, are exposed to airborne dust particles from the unpaved roads in the region.  

The school children have reported a majority of children that have developed asthma and skin infections.

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