Newsletter June 2018

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Welcome to the Eco-Schools newsletter for June 2018!

Our main story this month brings us to England where the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took part in the very successful Great Plastic Pick Up Campaign!

Featured this month is our National Operator in Kenya, David 
Wandabi. Read the interview below! Scroll down to download materials on SDG16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and find the winners of the International Green Gown Awards 2017 for sustainable initiatives in higher education institutions all around the globe.

Last but not least, follow our Board member Ian Humphreys on his mentor visit to Mauritius, read about the YRE International Competition Winners for 2018, and find out how to participate in the "LandCare For The Future" conference in Spain. 

Finally, find below what we've recently been up to at FEE Head Office in Copenhagen.

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

Nicole & Serena

Eco-Schools Students in England Take Part in the Great Plastic Pick Up

On 11 May, Eco-Schools students at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead, England were joined by British Prime Minister Theresa May for the launch of the Great Plastic Pick Up. The Great Plastic Pick Up is a campaign created by the Daily Mail and the FEE member organisation in England, Keep Britain Tidy, with the goal to "turn the tide on plastic."  From 11-13 May, 12,000 volunteers at 1,100 sites across the United Kingdom removed tonnes of plastic and other litter from the UK's streets, beaches, and beauty spots.

This accolade is an acknowledgement of our school striving to be sustainable over the last decade... The event saw our pupils being acknowledged for their determination to make a difference in this world and preserve this beautiful planet for future generations.
— St. Mary's Primary Catholic School on its Greenest School Award

Read more about it in the news section our website

Interviews with Eco-Schools National Operators:
David Wandabi from the Kenya Organization for Environmental Education 

David is based in Nairobi where he works as the Eco-Schools National Operator at the Kenya Organization for Environmental Education. 

A high point of the programme, hopes and visions

My highest point of the programme was when it helped over 3,000 children in western Kenya get clean water. Based on the testimonies of the children and parents, children used to walk over 5 kilometres to get drinking water, which affected their study time. The children are now happy as they can concentrate on their class work. My vision for the programme is to see it get government support and even being mainstreamed into the school curriculum in Kenya by the government.

Activities by Kenya Organization for Environmental Education

We organise teacher training sessions, tree planting activities, development of environmental information, education and communication materials, workshops, cleanups and we support school implementing micro-projects. 
Read the full interview here.

Sustainable Development Goal 16:

Peaceful, just and inclusive societies are absolutely necessary to achieve the SDGs. SDG16 is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Find teaching materials and other educational resources here.


LandCare For The Future

Educators and students are invited to join "LandCare For The Future" an international conference taking place at the Faculty of Education Sciences of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) from 16-18 July 2018.

Find out more and register here

Ian Humphreys's Visit to Eco-Schools in Mauritius

FEE Board of Directors member Ian Humphreys travelled to Mauritius this month on a mentor visit to member organisation Reef Conservation. He was interviewed by a local news outlet about the transformative power of the Eco-Schools programme.

As the programme spread, it becomes a way of life” for those involved, says Humphreys. Click here to read the article and watch the video interview with Mr. Humphreys. 

YRE International Jury and Competition Winners 2018

The Young Reporters for the Environment International Jury meeting for the 2018 YRE competition successfully took place on 31 of May at the FEE Head Office in Denmark. Read more and find the winners here.

International Green Gown Awards

The winners of the International Green Gown Awards 2017 have been finally announced who was presented at the Awards Ceremony on 16th May 2018 in Marseille, France. The International Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. The Awards cover all aspects of educational institutions – from their teaching and research, leadership, buildings and food to how students can benefit the quality of life in the communities around them.

What is cooking at Eco-Schools International

  • Earlier last month, we took part in the UCC Conference for Sustainable Campuses here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our CEO Daniel Schaffer presented the FEE EcoCampus programme and its connections to Whole Institutional Approach. Participants came from different campuses from all across Denmark.
  • We have been following the Green Flag applications of three International Schools in Qatar, Nepal and Oman who have been working hard towards their Green Flag Award! Doha College in Qatar is applying for its second Green Flag. Good luck everyone!
  • We started working on the organisation of the Eco-Schools NOM 2018, taking place in Cork, Ireland on 21-22 November, with project workshops on 23 November.

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