Newsletter April 2017

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Welcome to the Eco-Schools International newsletter for April 2017!


Below you'll find some of our most exciting news this month! Read about the Eco-Schools Twinning Project, which managed to connect over 440 Eco-Schools.

Find our interview with Sally Buqa'een, our National Operator in Jordan, and check out the latest resources on SDG3 #GoodHealth. 

Check out our latest stories from The Bahamas and Northern Ireland, and take a look at the Climate Education Week Toolkit and our webpage for The Great Plant Hunt.

Share this newsletter through your social media using the buttons below, and don't forget to tag us @EcoSchoolsInt and @FEEEcoCampus.

Lead on Eco-Schools!

Bríd & Nicole

Over 440 Eco-Schools from 38 different countries twinned!

Thanks to the great work of our National Operator in England, Lee Wray-Davies, 440 Eco-Schools are now twinned and ready to work on collaborative projects. 

Twinning schools is an opportunity for Eco-Schools students to share experiences, and have fun in the meantime! Eco-Schools Coordinators are provided with the contact details of the twinned school, which they are responsible to reach out to. Read more...

Interviews with National Operators



Sally Buqa'een - The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS), Jordan

City where organisation is based: Amman
Number of staff in the organisation/working on Eco-Schools: 8/2

A high point of the programme, hopes and visions

Messy moments - when you are working on a computer and a laptop and working on two tasks at the same time! I was preparing a proposal on one and was replying to emails on the other.  Suddenly the computer keyboard stopped. I tried to fix it, put the USB wire in and out but I kept failing. I called my colleague to help with the problem and she simply asked me to look where I am typing!

Activities by JREDS

The programme inspired some schools to establish a project at a local level that later became a success story, and was published in the media. It also helped a lot in better communications between the students, the local community, school levels and the Ministry of Education. I hope someday the programme is adopted as part of the national education strategy and policies, as there is a need to spread environment ethics and best practices among future generations to sustain the effort already being made to save the planet. Read the full interview!

Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being


Good Health and Well-being means ensuring that everyone enjoys the right to health, which includes high quality medical care, and accessible and economical medicines and vaccines.

Find teaching materials, posters and lesson plans here

More news...

Eco-Schools in Bahamas Reducing Plastic Pollution in Landfills & the Ocean

The Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF) and students of the Eco-Schools Bahamas programme with support from the Lyford Cay Foundation, are tackling a major problem that impacts oceans and shorelines around the world. Read more...

Climate Education Week 2017

The theme for this year’s Climate Education Week is Environmental & Climate Literacy.

With the goal of educating and engaging K-12 students on climate change, this web-based cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of curricula, lesson plans, educational activities and films, and much more that will engage students to be fluent in local environmental issues, and tackle the unprecedented challenge of climate change.

Download the Climate Education Week Toolkit here.

Eco-Schools Northern Ireland visit Eco-Schools Kenya!

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Eco-Schools were delighted to take part in a field trip to Kenya organised by Trócaire last month. The trip visited many of the amazing projects which Trócaire deliver on the ground there. We were really moved and inspired by what we saw. Read more...

The Great Plant Hunt on Year 2!

The Campaign is a joint initiative of Toyota Motor Europe and the Foundation for Environmental Education. 

The campaign aims to educate students about biodiversity, its importance and encourage them to take positive action. Click here to read project stories and see what participating countries are up to! #thegreatplanthunt #ToyotaEurope #EcoSchools

Visit the page!


How To Win The Paradigm Challenge

The $100,000 Challenge

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.


Youth aged 4 to 18

Watch the video and click here to sign up!
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