Two Gozitan Primary Schools net EkoSkola programme Awards

During the Annual Ekoskola National Seminar for Gozo on Friday, the 6th of November 2009, organised by Nature Trust Malta, the Xewkija Primary School was awarded the programme’s Green Flag, while the Nadur primary was awarded the Silver award.

Two Gozitan Primary Schools net EkoSkola programme AwardsEco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging children and youth to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment.

The Eco-Schools Programme employs an holistic, participatory approach, combining learning and action, thus providing an effective method for improving the environments of schools and producing actual awareness raising and behavioral change in young people, school staff, families, local authorities, and so on, having significant repercussions in the local communities.

Vince Attard from Nature Trust Malta said in his message that EkoSkola in Gozo has a bigger challenge since Gozo has embarked on the Eco-Gozo project. Students participating in the EkoSkola Programme can be instrumental in the implementation process of Eco-Gozo. EkoSkola has proved that empowered children can be and are responsible citizens. Mr Attard concluded that the environment is not just the fauna and flora but the environment in the village, the school and the community, the air we breath and the water we drink.

The National Coordinator for Ekoskola Dr Paul Pace explained what the Ekoskola programme is all about. He gave details of how the programme developed and how it has become an innovative force in local schools. Schools ae taking up the programme because they feel that it presents a tool for whole school development.