Eco-Schools Newsletter December 2015

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Dear all,  

Welcome to the Eco-Schools International newsletter for December 2015.   

First of all, we would like to thank Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for hosting a wonderful NOM, the biggest since Eco-Schools began in 1994! Below you can also find a link to some pictures they kindly sent to us.

A lively project workshop about the Great Plant Hunt was held at the NOM for the countries that are currently participating. If you don't know what the Great Plant Hunt is, you can find out in the article below.

This month we interview Sukhprit from India, and Rheinallt from Wales. 
We welcome Moaz Sawaf, new National Operator in UAE, and we say goodbye to Ajita Nayer whom we will miss.

Congratulations to the first awarded Eco-Schools in  Singapore, which  received the Green Flag at their annual Eco-Schools Conference!

An important article this month is the information about the opportunity for school leaders to apply for grants to courses and
conferences, offered within the framework of Erasmus+. 

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Any feedback or ideas on how to improve the newsletter are welcome. Feel free to share it with anyone who may be  interested.

Enjoy reading and enjoy this sunny, cloudy or snowy December.
Lead on Eco-Schools!
Bríd, Liesbeth, Anna

National Operator Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Many thanks to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for hosting a wonderful National Operator Meeting in Belfast!

With 100 delegates from 54 countries, it was the biggest Eco-Schools NOM ever held and it was a great opportunity for all to discuss all aspects of  the Eco-Schools programme in the different countries and share experiences and best practices.

Thank you everyone for participating. We hope to see you all again next year in South Africa!


Check out the pictures of the NOM!

Launch of the Great Plant Hunt
The Great Plant Hunt Campaign is a joint initiative of Toyota Motor Europe and FEE.

It focuses on biodiversity with a particular emphasis on plants and their associated species. The campaign was launched in November 2015 and is currently running in ten European countries. It includes educational aspects, based on the FEE Educational Principles, and practical activities based on resources developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The Great Plant Hunt Workshop

At the NOM, National Operators from the countries participating in the Great Plant Hunt took part in a lively project workshop. The workshop included presentations held by Rachel Boyle, Project Manager, Guillermo Denaux from Toyota Motor Europe and the Irish and Slovenian National Operators Meabh Boylan and Gregor Cerar, who shared their experiences and many practical tips. Some practical activities that could be applied in the schools were also included. You can read more about them in the Exposure page of the campaign linked below. 
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WWF Eco-Schools Conference in Singapore

The first Eco-Schools Green Flags for Singapore were awarded at the annual WWF Eco-Schools Conference to Ang Mo Kio Secondary School and Nan Hua High School. Congratulations!
Local, regional and global experts elaborated on the conference theme "YOU can be the CHANGE", urging students and educators to be the change our world needs. #bethechange

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Erasmus+ 2016 - Grants to courses and conferences    

The Learning Teacher Newsletter features two very interesting articles about the possibility of applying for grants to courses and conferences. It is an opportunity offered within the framework of Erasmus+ KA1 (Learning Mobility of Individuals) and the deadline for applications is at noon on 2 February 2016.

Applying for European grants is not easy, so in addition to the official Programme Guide it is possible to find 'A practical guide for school leaders' that can help develop a successful Erasmus+ application.


Learn more
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