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.

  1. Set-up Committee (consisting of students and other members of the school community) that manages the Eco Skola process.
  2. Students carry out an Environmental Review of the school to assess the environmental impact.
  3. Identify the priorities and set up an Action Plan to meet targets.
  4. Monitor and evaluate the Implementation of the Action Plan.
  5. Incorporate environmental education across the curriculum.
  6. Inform and involve all stakeholders and the wider community.
  7. Draw up an Eco code with our schools’ environmental principles.

For further information click on the site below:

http://www.ekoskolamalta.com/index.html

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.

EkoSkola Project - We Eat Responsibly

EKOSKOLA INITIATIVE on Parents’ Day at St. Paul’s Bay Primary School – 6th March 2019

The topic that the Ekoskola committee is tackling this scholastic year is “Waste”.  The emphasis is how objects that are considered as waste can become a resource.  So the Ekoskola members have looked information about waste, pollution, the 3 Rs, upcycling and circular economy.  The board was also decorated with butterflies made from empty plastic bottles and decorated accordingly.  In this way the children could see for themselves how things that are considered as waste like the empty plastic bottles could be upcycled to become works of art.

On the day of the Parents’ Day, food items were sold by the children to parents and staff members.  The local company Good Earth sponsored most of the natural ingredients used.  The recipes chosen contained natural ingredients like chickpeas and fresh vegetables, dried fruit, raw cacao and oats.  The idea behind these recipes was to prepare nutritious food that does not have a very negative impact on the environment.  The profit made will help with the upkeep of the school greenhouse where we grow some of the ingredients used like parsley, coriander and some onions.

This year we have also invited Atelier Manuel to display his artwork made from pieces of wood that others discard.  In this way the children and parents could see how art can be created from simple material.  Besides children also had the opportunity to paint miniature animals made from wood.

A big THANKS to all who collaborated towards this activity!

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