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Eco-Schools Programme


Eco-Schools Programme

Eco-Schools is a school-based environmental management, certification and sustainable development education programme implemented in over 52 countries. Key features of the programme are holisitic, participatory approach and a combination of learning and action which make it an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path for improving the environment in both the school and local community, and to influence the lives of young people, school staff, families, local authorities and NGOs. This also benefits the school in terms of whole-school development and improvement.

Eco-Schools is about improving environmental management at the school, as well as environmental learning. Educators draw on practical projects to strengthen environmental learning at the school. Each year the school strives to improve on their efforts, thereby qualifying for the internationally recognised symbol of excellence, the Eco-Schools Flag.

St Mary’s DSG registered with the Eco-Schools Programme in 2014. After establishing a committee of Junior School staff, Senior School staff and parents, the first project identified was the implementation of the 3 recycling bin system in the classroom. During the first year, learners were taught about recycling processes, effect on the environment and how we could make a change. St Mary’s DSG was awarded a BRONZE LEVEL at the end of 2014.