In 2019, Eco-Schools celebrates 25 years of excellence in the field of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.
Eco-Schools greatest strength is that it produces generations of sustainably minded and environmentally conscious people. Eco-Schools challenges students to engage in tackling environmental problems at a level where they can see tangible results, encouraging them to make a difference. How can the students monitor their progress and achieve their goals? This is achieved by implementing specific action plans with practical activities and defined timeframes.
Through different tools such as the Seven Steps methodology, Eco-Schools involves a huge number of students playing a primary role in the process and teachers who help them to reach their goals and ambitions. Furthermore, the programme offers Lesson Plans as guidance for teachers who wish to educate their students on the issue of litter and waste. These lesson plans have been developed to support the aims of the Litter Less Campaign.
For all the great work carried out, Eco-Schools has been recognized by the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.
During these years Eco-Schools and eTwinning have built a strong relationship of cooperation. Indeed, Eco-Schools has actively participated both in the eTwinning Annual Conference 2017 in Malta and eTwinning Annual Conference 2018 in Poland.
In Warsaw, Eco Schools held a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage as an Eco-Schools theme combined with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ in which they presented cultural heritage as a crucial element of education, contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. As a result of the presentation, a lot of participants showed their interest in becoming part of the Eco-schools programme. Eco-Schools has been invited to hold a workshop at the next eTwinning conference in 2019 on Democratic Participation.
As part of the eTwinning Spring Campaign Eco-Schools has held an Online Seminar which discussed the concept of Handprint Actions, as stipulated in the publication ‘Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals’, featuring five Eco-Schools projects. It aimed to demonstrate ways in which teachers can incorporate the SDGs in everyday teaching and learning on the school grounds.