Keep Wales Tidy firmly believes that its Eco-Schools programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their communities and widens learning beyond the classroom to develop responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider community.
The Eco-Schools programme (now the largest ESD programme in the world, run in 60 countries) is an action based learning model; pupil-led, with an adult co-ordinator. It highlights the importance of actively involving the wider community in the work.
It provides a structure which acts as a vehicle for delivering environmental education, and also provides the learners with the real life experiences of influencing their school’s impact on the environment. It’s the pupils who drive the changes and monitor the results, providing them with a clear sense of action and consequence.
Those actions; through participation, campaigns, active communication and activity days, makes the learning experience much more meaningful than simply learning about the theory alone and makes environmental awareness and action a full part of the life and ethos of the school.
What does the project entail
Keep Wales Tidy can offer a full range of online programme resources to support schools in delivering the Eco-Schools Programme.
1 to 1 school support is also available via our Regional Education Officers, Teacher Training events & workshops, twilight sessions, cluster groups and pupil workshops, conferences and events.
Schools will also be notified of relevant Keep Wales Tidy initiatives, projects and resources as well as signposts to funding opportunities.
What is required from the school?
Schools need to register via www.keepwalestidy.org/eco-schools
How do the pupils directly benefit?
Schools often report that the empowerment of the pupils (through being able to make real changes) has led to increased levels of confidence, motivation and awareness, whilst participation in environmental action has led to increased skills and knowledge. The programme allows young people to lead the way and the combination of learning and actions make it an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path to improving their school and their local communities, and for pupils to influence the lives of people around them.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a structure which not only acts as a vehicle for delivering environmental education, but also provides the learners with real life experiences of influencing their school’s impact on the environment. It’s the pupils who drive the changes and monitor the results, providing them with a clear sense of action and consequence. These values obtained are much more meaningful than learning about the theory alone and makes environmental awareness and action a full part of the life and ethos of a school.
The programme is designed to be run by the pupils, with an adult co-ordinator acting as mentor and facilitator. It also highlights the importance of involving the wider community in those actions through participation, campaigns, active communication and action days.
Feedback from schools has highlighted the enjoyment derived by staff and pupils of being part of the Eco-Schools programme. It’s a wonderful privilege to be with like-minded young people who want to ‘do their bit’ for the planet.
Please contact Matthew Bunt (Eco-schools Officer for Swansea/NPT)
Phone: 07824 504 814
Alternatively for more generic queries:
For any queries, regarding the Edunet site, contact Emily Marchant on E.K.Marchant@swansea.ac.uk