Green Schools

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We visit a primary school in Co Monaghan to find out about the effect the Green Schools Programme has had on the school and the wider community.

Background

Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools) is an environmental education programme, management system and award scheme promoting long-term, whole school action for the environment. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’. Green Schools not only seeks to educate teachers and pupils about environmental issues, but also fosters a sense of leadership and citizenship extending beyond the school to the wider community.

Content

We visit Scoil Mhuire, a Green School in Glaslough, County Monaghan, which is currently working towards its third green flag. School principal Mark Macklin explains what the Green-Schools programme involves and outlines the reasons why he was keen for his school to take part in it. Pupils from the Green Schools Committee show us the work they have been carrying out around the school to achieve each of their Green Flags.

Summary

The Green Schools Programme has helped to raise awareness of environmental issues throughout the whole school. Recycling and composting have now become part of the daily routine of the school, with the pupils taking responsibility for these activities themselves. The environmental message has not only been spread throughout the school but also to the local community via open nights and information for parents.