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Eco-Schools Newsletter January 2016

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Dear all,  

Welcome to the Eco-Schools International newsletter for January 2016.   Happy New Year to all from a snow carpeted Denmark!  May 2016 bring peace, partnership, prosperity to us and our planet.

This month we interview George/Patience from Ghana, and Olga from Russia. 
We welcome Louise Tambini, who is holding the fort in Wales, and we say goodbye to Rheinallt Williams whom we will really miss.

For those of you who attended the NOM, please remember to fill out the NOM evaluation by 29 January - find the link below.

At COP21 in Paris, FEE hosted a conference entitled "Climate Change as part of the curriculum from kindergarten to university", which is particularly relevant for the Eco-Schools programme. Read about it and other FEE activities at COP21.

 
A great opportunity for students and teachers is the sixth annual Student Technology Conference: participation is free and only requires an Internet connection. If you are interested in presenting something, make sure to submit your proposal by 23 January.

FEE Head Office and Copenhagen had a visit from Alison, a staff member of National Wildlife Federation over the holidays - read the brief article about her visit to Amager's International School in Copenhagen. You can also find information about Target4Green, a company dedicated to supporting schools around the world in their Education for Sustainable Development,

 
If you haven't already done so, follow FEE and Eco-Schools International on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr, and share your stories through these channels - see buttons below.

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 January.
 
Lead on Eco-Schools!
 
Bríd, Liesbeth, Anna
New people on board!
 
                   HELLO                                                  ... and GOODBYE
                                                                             
                                                                                       
       LOUISE TAMBINI                          RHEINALLT WILLIAMS
 
                                    Eco-Schools Wales

The Eco-Schools National Operators 

The Eco-Schools programme keeps on growing. As we only meet once a year, Eco-Schools International will showcase two National Operators in each newsletter. In this way we get to know a bit more about the Eco-Schools programme in the different countries and the people behind it. 
 
In this newsletter we feature:
- George Ahadzie from Ghana (our newest National Operator)
- Olga Madison from Russia

 

Name: George Ahadzie (and Patience Attipoe Gbogbo)                           
Country: Ghana
Organisation name: 
Green Earth Organization
City: Nsawam                      
No. staff organisation: 6         
No. staff Eco-Schools:
 4

  
Eight quick questions

Cats or dogs?                    Cats
Sea or Mountains?            Sea
Chocolate or chips?          Chocolate
Film or book?                     Book
City or countryside?         Countryside

Favourite word?   Confidence.

If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 

'Amazing Grace'.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 
The funniest thing that happened to me recently was when at a symposium on climate change my daughter asked me “whether the creature climate change cannot be arrested, punished or killed to liberate us from the wicked punishment it is unleashing on humanity".


The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme?
To get young people to understand and appreciate that the environment is our life support system and they should always be ready to protect, conserve and restore it.


What kind of activities do you run during the year? (teacher training, clean-ups, student workshops etc.)

Environmental education in schools - first and second cycle - in the form of workshops and seminars. Engagement with media to advocate for forest conservation and support smallholder women farmers.

Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country
The Wesley Methodist Primary School in Akosombo, which was awarded a Green Flag on 25th July this year,  is making great strides and being very successful in checking erosion on the school compound as part of their Eco-Schools activities. The school has adopted the practice of waste segregation and uses biodegradable materials for the preparation of organic manure. This manure is put back into the soil to grow crops in the school farm. They have also grown a lot of products on their organic farm, which serves as an income generator for the school and as a demonstration farm for other Eco-Schools in the community to emulate.

 


                                                                                                           
Name: Olga Madison  
Country: Russia
Organisation name: Keep St. Petersburg Tidy                         
City: St. Petersburg
No. staff organisation: all are volunteers
No. staff Eco-Schools:
only volunteers
 
Eight quick questions

Cats or dogs?                   Both
Sea or Mountains?           Sea
Chocolate or chips?        Chocolate
Film or book?                   It depends
City or countryside?        It depends


Favourite word?  Great.
 
If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 
I don't sing. I only dance.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 
The Green Flag Awards.

 

The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme? 
Despite having a frame it gives enough flexibility. It ought to be spread all over the world.

What kind of activities do you run during the year? (teacher training, clean-ups, student workshops etc.)

Each Russian region works according to its own plan.
We arrange 1-2 annual events for sharing experience and two annual events for the Green Flag Awards.
 
Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country

The kindergarten #15 of Petrogradsky district of St. Petersburg in the frame of the Litter Less Campaign decorated a yard with 144 mosaic squares framing the huge flowerbed. The pictures, which showed species of local flora and fauna, were designed and made by the children guided by the teachers. The species included in the local and/or international Red Book had a red frame. They used broken floor and wall tiles to make the pieces for the mosaic.
They are now working on decorating the four walls of an air shaft cap with a mosaic of the four seasons. The sketches for the pictures are being designed by the kids and the parents, guided by the teachers. Their masterpieces are used by local people for lifelong learning about nature and biodiversity.

 

IMPORTANT! - NOM evaluation

If you haven't already done so, please take some time to fill out the evaluation for the Eco-Schools NOM by 29 January by clicking on the following link: Eco-Schools NOM Evaluation
 

FEE Conference at COP21
"Climate Change as part of the curriculum from kindergarten to university"

 

On 4 December 2015 in the Climate Generations Area at COP21/CMP 11 in Paris, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) hosted a conference entitled “Climate Change as part of the curriculum from kindergarten to university”.
The conference aimed at creating a platform of discussion between civil society, high profile professionals in the field of environmental education and people with real hands-on experience, so that they could share their knowledge and involvement in environmental issues.

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Eco-Schools International visits Amager's International School

On 5 January, an Eco-Schools delegation visited Amager International School, a Green Flag awarded Eco-School located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The group was composed of Bríd Conneely, International Director of Eco-Schools, Karen Præstegaard Hendriksen from the Danish Outdoor Council and Alison Schuettinger, a sustainability coach who collaborates with Eco-Schools USA, and came from the United States to see how Danish schools include sustainability and ecoawareness in their curriculum.
Robert, who teaches science, and Serap Seydi, who teaches English, showed us around and the students sang a song for them. It was wonderful to see how well the school has taken on and runs the Eco-Schools programme.

 

A Conference Organised & Run by Students!
The 2016 Student Technology Conference

 

The Student Technology Conference is a a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world.
It will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 am to 9 pm EST, and you are invited to attend. You can join for one session or more, and if you are interested in presenting something, the call for proposals is open until Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Find more information by clicking on the button below!

 

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Target4Green Educational Consultancy and Training
 

Target4Green Educational Consultancy and Training is a specialized, hands-on, community centered company dedicated to supporting schools across the world in their Education for Sustainable Development as well as working with companies in the creation and initiation of effective educational and CSR Programmes.
It was founded by Peter Milne, a former teacher with over 20 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge of British and IB Curricula.

 

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