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OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys’ Branch) . ENVIRONMENT CLUB. Eco Schools Program Training Workshop. 27 th June 2012. OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys’ Branch) . ENVIRONMENT CLUB. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Eco Schools Program Training Workshop27th June 2012

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging young people to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment. Eco-Schools is a programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

7 stepsEco School MethodologyStep 1: Eco ComitteeEnsuring that the entire school is aware of the existence of the Eco-Schools programme and establish a robust communication structure to ensure regular updates. Develop, implement and monitor the school's environmental policy that addresses the environmental concerns of the school community.Take the lead in carrying out the initial and subsequent Environmental Reviews (Step 2 of the Eco-Schools Methodology). Ensure that all sectors of the school community (especially pupils) are represented in the decision-making process. Provide a link between pupils, teachers, senior management and the entire school community and, ideally, the Local Community, integrating the programme within the School Development Plan and the Local Agenda 21 initiatives of the local community.They have to meet atleast 8 times in a year

Step 2: Environmental ReviewLitter Waste Minimisation School Grounds Biodiversity Energy Water Transport Health & Well-Being Sustaining our World Nevertheless, the school is free to choose other areas of environmental concern that are more relevant to its needs and to devise appropriate checklists accordingly.

Step 3: Action PlanBased on the environmental review, develop an action plan. Here is a rough idea:-

Gather the results from your Environmental Review. Pick out topics that you want to tackle, e.g. litter on school grounds. Decide what kind of action you can take to improve these issues. Decide how you will measure success in achieving your objectives. Make sure it is something that you can measure, e.g. if tackling energy your measure could be a reduction in the school's energy bills. Negotiate timescales for each action. Is the target action to be achieved in the short, medium or longer term? Decide who is to be responsible for each action. Wherever possible, this should involve pupils. Include a section for monitoring any financial costs you may incur with your activities.

Step 4: Monitoring and EvaluationWe need to monitor our progress by implementing the action plans. Some ways are:-Measuring the school's global footprint - a wonderful way of producing real data to show how effective your actions have been. This can be done for one, or several, Eco-Schools topic areas, namely; Waste, Energy, Travel, and Water.Meter readings and calculation of energy bill savings - to show the effect of energy-saving action. Weighing/counting litter items or waste collected for recycling- to show the effects of litter/recycling initiatives. Before, during and after photographs - to show the progress of specific initiatives. Before and after species lists - to show the effect of biodiversity/school grounds developments. Using questionnaires and surveys to canvass opinions/record data.

Step 5: Curriculum LinkingBesides increasing the status of the programme, linking Eco-Schools activities to the curriculum ensures that Eco-Schools is truly integrated within the school community. The general strategy suggested is that of infusing environmental education concepts into the already existing subjects and not that of presenting a new subject. In addition to increasing an awareness of the environment, the weaving of an environmental education dimension in a particular subject enriches the subject concerned and thus makes it more relevant and interesting.

Some ideasLanguagesdiscussing the various aspects of specific environmental issuesreport writing and keeping minutes during meetingswriting letters to: politicians, education authorities, councillors, community leaders, newspaper editors, business persons, industrialists, etc.Mathematicsdesigning and conducting surveyscollating results and presenting them as graphscarrying out mathematical calculationsmanaging finances

Social Sciencesreading/producing maps of the school and the locality and using keys to highlight important sitesunderstanding how humans interact with their environmentusing photographs, documents, oral accounts and other sources of information to learn how certain places and lifestyles have changed throughout the yearsNatural Sciencesmaking observations and gathering data about an environmental problemexploring various habitats and the adaptations of plants and animals living in theminvestigating different materials and how they are usedlooking at energy use, loss and conservationStep 6: Informing and InvolvingInvolving the whole schoolhold a school-wide election campaign for pupil representatives on the Eco-Schools Committee.dedicate school assemblies during which prospective pupil representatives can explain to the rest of the school why they are contesting the elections.publishing information gathered during the environmental review on the Eco-Schools notice board. The whole school can be kept updated regularly about the progress being made in addressing the targets set.hold school-wide surveys to gather information about the state of the school's environment.regularly utilise assemblies to launch Eco-Schools activities and to communicate any progress made. Children can be encouraged to utilise diverse presentation methods (e.g. drama, music, presentation software) to make their communication more effective.publish information about the Eco-Schools activities on the school's website (or in its absence ... produce an Eco-Schools website for the school).hold a school-wide competition for the wording and design of the school's Eco-Code.organise a yearly Eco-Schools celebration event during which the whole school can celebrate the success achieved during the year.

Involving the communityproduce a newsletter that regularly keeps parents updated about the Eco-Schools process. Copies of the newsletter can also be sent to other members of the community (e.g. local council, local businesses).send letters to local businesses seeking support for initiatives.ask resource people from the community to come to the school to give talks or offer help in particular tasks.hold press releases publicising Eco-Schools activities, research results and achievements.hold community-wide surveys to gather information about the environmental issues that are mostly relevant.disseminate the school's Eco-Code within the community.invite people from the community to attend the Eco-Schools celebration event.

Step 7: Eco CodeThe Eco-Code is a mission statement. It should demonstrate, in a clear and imaginative way, your school's commitment to improving its environmental performance. It should be memorable and familiar to everyone in the school.The Eco-Code should list the main objectives of your Action Plan, covering real actions that pupils and staff intend to carry out. It is crucial that pupils play a key role in the development of the eco-Code, as this will give them a greater sense of responsibility towards the values the Eco-Code represents.The content of the Eco-Code should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to reflect the school's eco aims and targets.The format of the Eco-Code is entirely up to the school. It could be a list of statements, an acrostic, song/rap or poem. The format should be appropriate for the age/ability of the pupils concerned.The Eco-Code should be prominently displayed throughout the school; i.e. in every classroom, in communal areas, on Eco Boards and in the staffroom. The Eco-Code could also be released to the local press and the general public.

THE GREEN FLAG!! After one year of implementing the Programme and reaching a high level of performance in complying with these seven elements, among other mandatory criteria, Schools are then awarded the Green Flag.

The initiatives main focus area will be climate change and work will be carried out according to the Eco-Schools seven step process and other Eco-Schools criteria.Schools can also choose to work on more specific areas of climate change, linking the main theme with others such as: litter & waste water energy transport food biodiversity

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

Eco CommitteeEco ReviewAction PlanMonitoringCurriculumInforming and InvolvingEco Code

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHARJAH (Boys Branch) ENVIRONMENT CLUB

This is not the final groups. A rough layout for you to understand.Thank You