Eco-Schools Newsletter November 2015

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

This month we feature a video from Eco-Schools Australia with the highlights
of their programme.  Eco-Schools Morocco has some great statistics, take a look!
Slovenia hosted their National Eco-Schools Conference, during which the LEAF programme (Learning About Forests) was officially launched and a market
of best practices was organised.

In India, an International Conference about Education as a Driver for the
Sustainable Development Goals will be hosted in January 2016.

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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 rainy November. We look forward to seeing you at the NOM!

Lead on Eco-Schools!

Bríd, Liesbeth, Anna
New people on board!
                   HELLO                                                  ... and GOODBYE
       RUTH WHELAN                                STACEY PASSEY
                                  Eco-Schools Australia

          MOAZ SAWAF                                    AJITA NAYER
                         Eco-Schools United Arab Emirates

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:
- Itsuko Ishigaki from Japan (our newest National Operator)
- David Wandabi and Dorcas Otieno from Kenya (National Operator since 1997)


   Name: Itsuko Ishigaki                                                                                                              
Country: Japan     
Organisation name: FEE Japan

   City: Tokyo                        
No. staff organisation: 3         
No. staff Eco-Schools:
 3 + 4 from other local      

Eight quick questions

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

Favourite word?   "You'll never find a rainbow if you are looking down." (from Charlie Chaplin)

If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 
I am a terrible singer, so I can't even imagine a music competition. So this is just my favourite song: "Change the World" by Eric Clapton.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 
One night I was hurrying back home, when I felt like somebody was following me. I started feeling nervous and began to run. That person started running, too, and yelled: "Mom! It's me!". That somebody was my son... 

The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme?
I feel that student-led learning is the high point of Eco-Schools programme. In Japan, teachers always tend to teach the correct answer, and students learn that answer. So every time we introduce the Eco-Schools programme, it is difficult to get the teachers to understand the Eco-Schools concept. They are not comfortable with leaving the task to the students and they control their students too much.
The Eco-Schools experience will be able to change the teachers through a change in the students.

What kind of activities do you run during the year? (teacher training, clean-ups, student workshops etc.)
Supporting registered schools, issuing newsletter, visiting schools for assessments are our main activities. Above all, inviting new schools is particularly important.
We invite teachers and local government staff to the annual assessment to make the Eco-Schools programme well-known. It is an effective way to introduce the Eco-Schools programme and explain what it is. Many participants are impressed with the students’ presentations and their hard work. Some of the teachers decided to start the Eco-Schools programme after observing the assessment. Students are very motivated, too, when they have a large audience.

Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country
A junior high school that acquired the Green Flag in March is a unique case. This junior high school is composed of graduates from two elementary schools that have been engaged in the Eco-Schools programme for a long time.
After they entered Junior High School, they were surprised that environmental activities were not performed in the school. So they decided to start the Eco-Schools programme by themselves.  As mentioned above, it is very rare for Japanese students to decide on an issue democratically and work on something voluntarily. 


Name: David Wandabi and Dorcas Otieno                              
Country: Kenya
Organisation name: Kenya Organization for 
    Environmental Education
City: Nairobi
No. staff organisation: 8
No. staff Eco-Schools:

Eight quick questions                                                           

Cats or dogs?                   Dogs
Sea or Mountains?           Sea
Chocolate or chips?        Chocolate
Film or book?                   Film (Lincoln)
City or countryside?        Countryside

Favourite word?  Hope.

If you could sing one song in a music competition show on television, what would it be? 
'Heal the world' by Michael Jackson.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 
I got in my car, turned on the ignition and engaged the gear. Pushed down the handbrake handle and pushed the gas pedal, but the car did not move. I pressed the gas pedal harder but still nothing happened. My friend close by got concerned and came to see what was wrong. My friend laughed and told me that I had not turned on the engine.


The Eco-Schools Programme

What is the high point of the programme for you? What are your hopes/dreams/visions for the programme? 
The programme has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the good practices in Kenya that promote Education for Sustainable Development, particularly the whole-school approach of the Eco-Schools strategy. We hope to see the Eco-Schools programme reach more schools, colleges and universities in Kenya and in the whole East African Region.

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


  • Teacher training
  • Public campaigns
  • Tree planting events
  • Clean-up drives
  • Production of resource materials (posters, banners, brochures, teachers’/pupils’ Toolkits on Environmental Education)
  • Sensitisation workshops for schools and communities
  • Exchange visits among schools
  • Student training
  • Guiding schools to start micro-projects in different Eco-Schools themes
  • Researching and documenting various sustainable development subjects

Please include one inspiring case story of a school in your country
Making savings and gains from Eco-Schools projects: Goibei Secondary school poverty reduction model-Kenya
Goibei High School joined the Eco-Schools Kenya Network in 2004. Since then, the school has been implementing many projects, ranging from roof-harvesting of water, crop and livestock production and energy saving among others. One of the increasingly popular projects to adapt to climate change and food security is the bee-keeping for honey production. The enterprise has been a major income generating activity at Goibei High school since 2007.  The project has proved to be more appropriate in reducing the percentage of the rural poor by boosting the local entrepreneurship as well as creating an alternative source of income. 
Arithmetically the price of a complete Lang troth hive ranges from USD 34-50 – depending on the availability of materials for construction and the quality of workmanship. In terms of market prices for honey, raw honey goes at USD 3 - 6 per kg when no value addition has been done. Packaged and branded honey goes at USD 5 – 10 per kg. With the current increasing cost of living the prices are likely to shift upwards, generating higher returns.
Profits worked out from maintaining kale for 3 months, shows that a total of USD 408 is realized in 3 months or USD 579 in 4 months. The school has a student population of about 700, 40 teachers and about 10 non-teaching staff. With these numbers the Eco-Schools programme has benefited not only the school but also the surrounding community.
The school now acts as a demonstration/training centre showcasing best practices in agribusiness and environmental sustainability. It promotes sustainability awareness by publishing an annual magazine (Stretcher Magazine) about its activities and it also has an exchange programme with schools from Germany (Paul-Gerhardt Schule) for wider sustainability advocacy and networking.


Eco-Schools Australia Highlights Reel

An awesome reel that showcases all the hard work and fun moments since the Eco-Schools programme was launched in Australia. Check it out!

Watch the video

Some statistics from Eco-Schools Morocco  (2014-1015 edition)

116 awarded schools
53 awarded Green Flags
33 Silver Certificates
30 Bronze Certificates
80% rate of Green Flag Renewal from 2006

450 Participants at the National Eco-Schools Conference in Slovenia  

Attending the Eco-Schools national conference in Slovenia were 450 coordinators, mentors and principals plus international guests.
The focus was on presenting the work and the programme for this school year, on sharing best practices and experiences of stakeholders’ involvement in Eco-Schools activities, and also on giving practical examples about how to include activities in the school curriculum.

Read more

International Conference Education as a Driver 
for the Sustainable Development Goals


An international conference entitled Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals is being organised by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), in partnership with UNESCO, UNEP and the Government of India. 
The Conference will be organised from January 11-13, 2016. It aims at bringing together global experience and expertise to highlight and strengthen the role of education in realising the SDGs. It will be an opportunity to build upon the learning from the UN DESD and recognise Education as a key enabler.

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