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Eco-Schools Newsletter October 2015

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Dear National Operator,  

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

We're looking forward to seeing you at the
NOM. All information here.

In the Hello - Goodbye section, we welcome (back) Aino Alasentie, the National Operator in Finland, who has come back from maternity leave. We also have to say goodbye to Eeva Huttunen, and we thank her for all
her work with Eco-Schools!

This month we feature an inspirational video from the Northern Ireland
20th Anniversary Eco-Schools event, which saw a large participation
of both pupils and teachers. Eco-Schools USA published a Top Ten
Eco-Schools in their country which we cover, and a project carried out by
Germany and Croatia produced some interesting guidelines for working
with children and youth to support participation in the Eco-Schools programme and other ESD programmes.


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Enjoy reading and enjoy this sunny, cloudy or rainy October. Look forward to hearing from you.

Lead on Eco-Schools!

 
Bríd, Liesbeth, Anna
New people on board!
 
HELLO (welcome back!)                                     ... and GOODBYE
                         
 
      AINO ALASENTIE                         EEVA HUTTUNEN
 
                                  Eco-Schools Finland
 

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:
- Aynur Çimenci from Turkey (our newest National Operator)
- Aino Alasentie from Finland (National Operator since 2005, recently returned after maternity
   leave)



   Name: Aynur Çimenci                 
   
Country: Turkey     
  
Organisation name: Türkiye
Çevre Eğitim Vakfı 
   (
TURÇEV) - FEE Turkey

   City: Ankara                        
  
No. staff organisation: 18         
  
No. staff Eco-Schools:
2        
             
  


Eight quick questions

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

Favourite word?   Halleluja.

If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 
“Imagine" - John Lennon.



The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme?
Participation, unity and the collaboration of the students and teachers all around the world for a better future is the high point of the programme. I hope one day the governments will agree that all schools and institutions have to be Eco-Friendly and that they will work towards that.


What kind of activities do you run during the year? (teacher training, clean-ups, student workshops etc.)
1) Coordinator teachers' national seminars (Eco-Schools Coordinator Teachers 15th National Seminer held in December 2014. There were more than 350 people in the audience from 32 different cities and representatives from the governorship, directorate of national education, universities, NGOs, schools and the media)
2) Coordinator teachers' monthly meetings
3) Eco-Teams Clean Ups
4) Eco-Schools art and photography exhibitions
5) Eco-Schools festivals
6) National Green Flag ceremonies

Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country
Last year the Eco-Schools gathered in İstanbul and with the participation of 1700 children, a water chain record has been achieved in the World Water Day. Since İstanbul is a very big city, we thought that it was impossible to coordinate the schools. But the record has been achieved thanks to the determination of one of the oldest Eco-Schools in İstanbul.
  

 


 
   
Name: Aino Alasentie                                           
   
Country: Finland
   
Organisation name: Suomen Ympäristökasvatuksen
    Seura ry – The Finnish Association for EE
   
City: Helsinki
   
No. staff organisation: 7
   
No. staff Eco-Schools:
 3
 
  
Eight quick questions

Cats or dogs?                   Kids :)
Sea or Mountains?           Mountains
Chocolate or chips?        Chocolate
Film or book?                   Book
City or countryside?        City

Favourite word?  Home.

 
If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 
Something in Finnish, like “Aikuinen nainen”. But I would rather dance.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I was meeting my personal trainer and he found a post-it note stuck to my foot. Note said: Remember pizza.


 

The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme?
Children participation! When they learn to trust in their potential to make a difference. I hope one day these kids will make better decisions than our generation.

What kind of activities do you run during the year? (teacher training, clean-ups, student workshops etc.)
Teacher training sessions, meetings with students, Eco-Schools day (2.2.), for instance.

Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country
One school from Helsinki (Lauttasaari elementary school) managed to do something special in their energy saving project. As a part of their project, students began to hold energy audits for some companies and teach them how to save energy. Finally, they ended up holding an audit at the Finnish Parliament House.

 

An update on the great success Eco-Schools is having in the Indian Ocean


Video from the Northern Ireland
20th Anniversary Eco-Schools Event

 

A video from the Northern Ireland 20th Anniversary Eco-Schools Event  can be seen here. Watch the Vimeo video of the event. I hope you enjoy it.

Carmel Fyfe
Eco-Schools National Operator in Northern Ireland

 

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Top Ten Eco-Schools in the USA

On September 29th a report on the Top Ten Eco-Schools in the USA was released. NWF’s Eco-Schools, USA program has recruited thousands of U.S. schools to participate in a comprehensive effort to green their buildings, grounds and instructional experience. 
The thousands of U.S. schools enrolled in the program are part of an international network of 50,000 schools in 59 nations. 

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Global Action Days November 2015
 

It’s that time of the year again. Time to act and help the environment! The Global Action Days is a campaign by the Foundation for Environmental Education to activate students and teachers to lead the change for a more sustainable world by getting involved in fun-filled, informative, activities.
 
The chosen theme for the Global Action Days 2015 is Climate Change because of the Climate Conference known as COP21 which takes place in Paris later this year. 
 
All information on how to join this action can be found on
http://www.ecoschools.global/global-action-days/about/

#globalactiondays #FEE #EcoSchools 

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Guidelines for working with children and youth to support participation in the Eco-Schools programme and other ESD programmes

We are pleased to provide valuable experiences and suggestions for the educational work with children and young people with the guidelines "Sustainable development - understanding - implementing – creating" which brings together the main results of the project "Take Part in Sustainable Development".

Stephanie Pröpsting (DGU Germany)
 

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