Over 100 learners and teachers from the greater Cape Town area and WESSA staff gathered on Saturday 18 February to celebrate the 2016 achievements of 40 local schools participating in the international Eco-Schools Programme. The event was hosted by Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rondebosch, who have participated in the programme since 2012.
Eco-Schools is a school-based environmental management, certification and sustainable development education programme of the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The programme is implemented in 64 countries around the world and by WESSA in South Africa. Eco-Schools aims to improve environmental management and environmental learning at schools by assisting them to grow and develop their environmental capacity. The programme supports the National Curriculum (CAPS) and also benefits the school in terms of whole-school development and improvement.
The awards presented at the ceremony were in acknowledgment of the participating schools meeting all of the criteria for the Eco-Schools programme and for developing environmental action projects and learning programmes, which have improved their schools’ sustainability practices. The that received recognition on the day included four schools that received their “Decade Award” indicating that they have been participating successfully in the programme for more than 10 years. Eight of the schools received their “Platinum Award” indicating that they have been participating in the programme for six to nine years, while four schools received their “International Flags” for having successfully participated for five years in the programme.
Five of the Cape Town schools that received awards are supported through funding from the Wrigley Company Foundation, while 21 schools that received awards are supported through funding from the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET).
The event was also attended by representatives from two of WESSA Schools Programme funders – the Department of Water and Sanitation and the ROSE Foundation.
Before the start of the formal programme, teachers and learners were invited to join Rustenburg’s Campus Manager Myles Siebrits on a tour of the school’s innovative sustainability campus which has received much local recognition.
After the presentation of the awards participants enthusiastically participated in four onsite, mini workshops facilitated by the school’s Earth Children Society which covered propagation, composting and eco‐brick making skills.
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For more information contact:
WESSA Schools Programme Project Manager
Tel 021 701 1397
Images and captions
Image 1: Receiving their awards: Beehive Montessori Pre Primary School in Stellenberg, Hillwood Primary in Lavender Hill, Stepping Stones Montessori School in Oranjezicht, Ecole Francaise in Sea Point, Lotus Primary School in Lotus River, Perivale Primary School in Lotus River and Strandfontein Primary School
Image 18: St James RC Primary in Kalk Bay and Ecole Francaise du Cap in Sea Point with WESSA Schools Programme Manager Donavan Fullard (second from left) and WESSA Schools Programme Project Manager Lorraine McGibbon (right)
Image 20: Receiving their awards: Stephen Rd Primary in Grassy Park, St Marys RC Primary in Retreat, Sid G Rule Primary in Grassy Park, Rocklands Primary School in Rocklands, Floreat Primary School in Steenberg, Imperial Primary in Mitchells Plain, Harmony Primary School in Retreat and Observatory Junior School in Observatory.
About WESSA and the Eco-Schools Programme:
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a leading implementer of high-impact environmental and conservation initiatives in southern Africa. With a remarkable history of 90 years WESSA is an NGO with a proud track record of enabling individuals and organisations to use natural resources sustainably, and is a trusted and effective project partner. The organisation is driven by the critical focus areas of its work which include the international eco-labels of Eco-Schools, Blue Flag and Green Key; environmental education and skills development training; ecological infrastructure and sustainability; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and environmental governance. www.wessa.org.za
Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the international Eco-Schools Programme is active in 64 countries in the world and implemented by WESSA in South Africa. www.ecoschools.global