The Ecoschools programme was launched in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and now includes over 12,000 schools distributed around the world. EcoSchools aims at mobilizing the whole school to empower students to adopt an active role in environmental decision-making and action in their school and in their community. Schools that have successfully achieved this goal are awarded a Green Flag – a prestigious eco-label testifying the school’s commitment to fostering sustainable lifestyles. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment, launched a project to pilot the programme in Malta in October 29th, 2002. After the success of the pilot project, Nature Trust (Malta) representing FEE (Malta) decided to co-ordinate the initiative, known in Malta by the name of EkoSkola.
EkoSkola is an opportunity to improve the quality of life of your school community by:
- democratising the process of decision making,
- setting relevant targets for the improvement of the school’s environment,
- designing and implementing a plan, in line with the school’s resources, to achieve these targets,
- integrating curriculum work with the day-to-day realities of the school community,
- exploring ways of fostering team work within your school as well as the community in which it is housed, and
- networking and sharing experiences and expertise with other local and foreign schools.
Our school officially started this project in October 2008 and we have already been awarded the Bronze Award.