The Eco Schools programme was launched in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The project has now spread over 26 countries and now includes over 13,000 schools participating world wide.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment, launched a project to pilot the programme in Malta in October 29th, 2002. After the success of the pilot project, Nature Trust (Malta) representing FEE (Malta) decided to co-ordinate the initiative, known in Malta by the name EkoSkola.
The Aims are to empower students to adopt an active role in environmental decision making and action in their school and in their community. Schools that have successfully achieved this goal are awarded a Green Flag – a prestigious eco-label testifying the school’s commitment to fostering sustainable lifestyles. This will be achieved after qualifying for these steps.
- Set-up Committee (consisting of students and other members of the school community) that manages the Eco Skola process.
- Students carry out an Environmental Review of the school to assess the environmental impact.
- Identify the priorities and set up an Action Plan to meet targets.
- Monitor and evaluate the Implementation of the Action Plan.
- Incorporate environmental education across the curriculum.
- Inform and involve all stakeholders and the wider community.
- Draw up an Eco code with our schools’ environmental principles.
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Our School has been awarded the Green Flag award at the end of the Scholastic Year 2016-2017. This has been achieved with the big efforts of the EkoSkola committee members led by Ms. Anthea Pisani – Assistant Head.