What is EkoSkola?
The EkoSkola programme was launched in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and now includes over 13,000 schools distributed around the world.
EkoSkola 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 EkoSkola.
Our school joined the Ekoskola programme during scholastic year 2007/2008. An EkoSkola Committee was formed. This committee is made up of 12 school children, 2 members of staff, I member of the minor staff, 1 parent and a representative of the Floriana Local Council. Meetings are held on a weekly basis.
Our school, in the past years, has given great importance to environmental education so much so that we have included environmental education even in our School Development Plan. We strongly believe that environmental education is the very essence for a mentality towards environmental awareness and improvement.
Click here for a closer view of some of the EkoSkola related activities at SGPC Floriana Primary.