This year the International School Breda is joining Eco-School Netherlands and we cannot wait to get started! The Eco-Schools concept was developed as a direct response to the United Nations conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit) in 1992. It was recognised that children and young people need to be involved in the sustainability and environmental protection of our planet.
By MC van Zundert, Science and Biology Teacher and Eco Schools Coordinator International School Breda
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools initiative and operates across the world. Its primary objective is to help schools implement a gradual educational programme for sustainable development. By challenging students to tackle environmental problems that lead to tangible results and by empowering them to take ownership of the project, they will develop the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to address the environmental challenges around them. They will see how their actions can make a difference in their school, local community and beyond, and the hope is that thinking about and acting on sustainability will become second nature.
Whole School Project
So it begins! We will be providing regular updates on the initiatives we take within and around the school to earn our Eco School label. We have every confidence that we are going to make a huge success of this project, if past actions such as litter picking in the streets in the immediate area around the school, recycling and planting are anything to judge by. Our Primary classes will also be getting involved as this is a whole school project and we look forward to sharing with you their steps towards making our school more sustainable.