Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme. It was developed in 1992 as a response to the needs identified at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. This programme is a growing phenomenon, which encourages young people to engage in their environment by giving them the opportunity to actively protect it as pupils have a say in environmental management policies of their school.
“It starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action-based learning.”
Our school has become part of the Foundation of Environmental Education and now our goal is to reach the Green Flag Award. After 1-2 years of implementing the programme and reaching a high level of performance in complying with the seven steps (see below) schools can then apply for it. Before receiving their first Green Flag, schools must be assessed by means of a visit.
“The programme’s greatest achievement is arguably the fact that it produces generation after generation of sustainably minded, environmentally conscious people. These individuals will carry the behavioural patterns they uptake under the auspices of Eco-Schools with them through life, in turn teaching the next generation the habits to make a difference.”