Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed Eco principles into the heart of school life. Here in Northern Ireland, we have over 140 Green Flag Schools and are fast approaching 600 registered schools. Eco-Schools is administered in Northern Ireland by Tidy Northern Ireland.
Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools. They lead the Eco-Committee and help carry out audits to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school, it is the pupils who decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it.
Schools work towards gaining one of three awards - Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Bronze and Silver are both self accredited and the Green Flag award is externally assessed by Tidy Northern Ireland. ( see Eco-schoolsni.org for more information.)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Words that we all know.
We have to save the planet
So we can live and grow.
We might be only children
But we will try you'll see,
And we can save this planet
It starts with you and me.
(Sung to the tune of 10 Green Bottles)