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Newsletter May 2019

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Keep on flying the Green Flag high, 
University of Limerick! 

In November 2018 the University of Limerick (UL) had their full reassessment for the Green Flag. Later this March, Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Director of Education with FEE presented UL with their re-accreditation during his visit to the campus. The UL EcoCampus committee has been very successful in forging positive and worthwhile partnerships with groups both on and off campus. The FEE EcoCampus has also been integrated into the Strategic Plan for the institution.

The University of Limerick EcoCampus committee has shown a long-term commitment and passion in working towards not just a sustainable campus but also a sustainable workplace, community and towards a sustainable future.

During the visit to UL, the Student Life courtyard was buzzing with the Farmers Market and the free bike mechanic which are a weekly occurrence. Other highlights from the visit were the water bottle refill stations, the UL Orchard, secured covered bicycle parking hubs, UL’s special area of conservation (which includes a riparian woodland), the UL Apiary, bat roosting and mining bee habitats, bird boxes and the UL Roof Garden.

Lessons Plan development is going great, keep sending them! 💪 


The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is inviting teachers participating in the Eco-Schools programme, to develop and submit lesson plans that promote an action-oriented pedagogy about specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). So far we have received plans and inputs from more than 10 countries. Deadline for sending them is July, keep them flowing!

 

Click here to download the Lesson Plan Word format and here for the Guidelines and more information about the Campaign.

MORE STORIES

Related image Great activities and ceremonies for Eco-Schools throughout South Africa

 
Corrie Lynn Primary and Shea ‘O’Connor Combined Eco-Schools participated in the Trees4KZN initiative at uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve and Education Centre. They planted 240 indigenous trees to replace invasive alien trees!
Nelson Mandela Primary School visited the Rand Water education centre in Vereeniging and engaged in purifying water.
Learners of Grenville High School in Rustenburg, handmade gorgeous décor from waste materials (like toilet rolls and egg boxes), for the Green Flag awards ceremony.
In the North West Green Flag Ceremony and the Free State Green Flag ceremony more than 70 schools were awarded. At the Eastern Cape awards, VM Kwinana High School received a Gold Award and Phakamile Combined School received a Green Flag for 2018
Way to go, South Africa!
Read more here.

The Great Plant Hunt in Denmark

 
On Monday 6 May, the International LEAF (Learning About Forests) team went to visit Herstedøster Skole, in Albertslund, Denmark as part of the Eco-School campaign The Great Plant Hunt.
Next to Herstedøster Skole, a huge and nice forest has been planted by people around 40 years ago. It is now a perfect place for pupils to learn about biodiversity and to go for a walk.The meeting started in the classroom with Sofie, the teacher, Karen, the National Operator of Eco-Schools in Denmark and children from the class 6F. Karen gave an introduction about biodiversity to the kids, before going outside to plant seeds. Through this workshop, the children have learnt about different kinds of seeds such as: bluebell, huge iron ore, pea flower, honey herb, Pea-Vik-Sunflower and more… A very inspiring morning for all of us!

What is cooking at Eco-Schools Global


The Eco-Schools 25th Anniversary video campaign, concluded on 3 May, Eco-Schools Global is planning to present a research paper, analysing more than 500 videos received from around the globe. Additionally, a follow-up competition will be launched to present the messages to various stakeholders!

The Eco-Schools project on Ciruclar Economy sponsored by LUCART Group is being developed. The project will be piloted in Latvia and Slovenia.

Two Green Flag applications from International Schools in Myanmar and Taipei are currently being assessed by the Head Office. Good luck!
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