Newsletter August 2018

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Welcome to the Eco-Schools newsletter for August 2018!

Our August newsletter opens with a great story from Northern Ireland, about the first Green Flag awarded Eco-School in the world and its legacy 24 years later. 

The National Operator featured this month, Nicole and Serena from Eco-Schools International
 - read the interview below and get to know us better! Scroll down to read about inspiring stories from Kenya and the Bahamas. Last but not least, two interesting toolkits full of educational material on sustainability that you can download for free! 

Enjoy reading and don't forget to share the newsletter with your network and tag us @EcoSchoolsInt @FEEEcoCampus

Nicole & Serena

The first Green-Flag awarded school in the world


This year marked a landmark moment for Eco-Schools in Northern Ireland. Downpatrick Nursery School, the first school in the world to be awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag in 1994, became the first school in Northern Ireland to be awarded its 10th Green Flag, making it a national leader in sustainability education. Read the story here!

Interviews with Eco-Schools International:
Nicole & Serena from FEE Head Office

Nicole and Serena are based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they work respectively as Eco-Schools Coordinator and Eco-Schools Assistant at the FEE Head Office. Nicole joined FEE in 2015 and Serena earlier this year.

A high point of the programme, hopes and visions

The programme inspires and influences young people around the world to create a brighter, greener future for all. The idea that we are a movement of students, teachers, families creating a change starting from ourselves and our everyday behaviours, makes us very proud of working for Eco-Schools. We hope that the programme will not only keep growing but that it will also find ways to establish itself deeper in both schools and communities.
Read the full interview here.


Eco-Schools WASH project in Nairobi

Eco-schools Kenya is partnering with the Rotary Club of Nairobi to implement a one-year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project in seven primary Eco-Schools in Western Kenya. The project foresees the construction of wells in four primary schools in Vihiga County to ensure accessible safe water in schools. Furthermore, 10,000 litres capacity water tanks will be installed together with hand wash points. The communities will be involved in training to increase their capacity in terms of sustainable water management, sanitation and hygiene.

EU Toolkit on sustainability and youth 

The Council of Europe and the European Commission have just published the toolkit “Sustainability and youth work". You can access explanations, exercises and activities to facilitate learning for sustainable development. Download it here and use it inside and outside the classroom! 

Joint efforts to protect the Bahamas marine heritage

On 17 July, BREEF and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) celebrated the ending of an impactful six-day Marine Conservation Workshop with a closing ceremony at the Coral Harbour Base. The workshop focused on understanding marine environment, the laws that govern it and the science behind the policies to better implement enforcement strategies and included law enforcement personnel and educators from around the country. 
Read the full story here!

UN Environment Toolkit 


UN toolkits are packed full of ideas for how to challenge the world to “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Whether you're a citizen, a school, a government, or a business, everyone can participate. Free resources are available in all major UN languages. You can choose your language and download here!

What is cooking at Eco-Schools International

  • We are excited to announce that Eco-Schools counts a new member! The programme has been launched in Qatar by the Qatar Green Building Council! Congratulations to Qatar and welcome on board!
  • We're working on the agenda for the Eco-Schools National Operators Meeting 2018. Spoiler: the theme this year is Climate, Oceans and Learning!
  • Pramod Kumar Sharma, the new FEE Senior Education Director, is joining our Head Office later this week!

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