31 Mar Limpopo schools celebrate sustainability achievements at the WESSA Eco-Schools Awards
23 March 2018
Schools in the Limpopo province who participate in the international Eco-Schools Programme recently gathered at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane to celebrate their 2017 achievements. The awards presented at the ceremony were in acknowledgment of the participating schools meeting all the criteria for the Eco-Schools programme.
The assessment criteria for the Eco-Schools programme includes evaluation on schools’ efforts to improve environmental awareness and sustainability practices in the school and the community, developing environmental action projects and learning programmes which have improved their schools’ sustainability practices.
A total of 95 awards were presented to schools during this prestigious annual ceremony. From those that received recognition on the day included 17 schools that received their “Green Flag” for having successfully participated for three years in the programme, 12 schools that received their “Decade Awards” indicating that they have been participating successfully in the programme for more than 10 years while 28 of the schools received their “Platinum Awards” indicating that they have been participating in the programme for six to nine years.
Ten of the Limpopo schools that received awards are supported through funding from De Beers, while six schools that received awards are supported by the Capricorn District Municipality and a further ten schools are funded by Fetakgomo-Greater Tubatse Municipality.
Says Judy van Schalkwyk, WESSA Project Manager for Eco-Schools in the Limpopo Province: “It is an honour to work with schools at local level in the Eco-Schools programme. The awards ceremony is a great platform for schools to showcase their success stories, and share their ideas, challenges and solutions with peers. These schools are truly ambassadors for a healthy environment!”
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 67 countries around the world and by WESSA in South Africa since 2003. 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 benefits the school in terms of whole-school development and improvement.
Judy van Schalkwyk
WESSA Project Manager: Eco-Schools
Tel 072 455 2252
Images and captions
Image 1: Kgomoshiakwena Primary, Matlou Memorial Primary and Sekanekamoyi Primary schools received their Silver Decade Awards for successfully participating for 12 or more years in the Eco-Schools programme.
Image 2: Pula-Madibogo Primary, Jack Morare Primary, Morutsi Primary, Rammupudu Primary and Mashamaite Senior Secondary Schools received their Platinum Level 3 Awards for successfully participating for eight or more years in the Programme.
Image 3: Waterberg Academy and Marken Primary Schools received Bronze Decade Awards for successfully participating for 11 or more years in the Eco-Schools programme.
Image 4: Baropodi Inclusive Primary, Kgokolo Primary, Rabasotho Primary, Sepedi Primary, Thutlane Lower Primary and Ezrom Primary Schools received their International Flag Awards for successfully completing five or more years in the Eco-Schools programme.
Image 5: Christ the King Combined, Makgwadiba Primary, Ithuteng Lower Primary, Mama Primary, Mokgabudi Primary, Tswelopele Primary, Mahlagaume Primary, Thabane Primary, Lekakaretsa Primary, Sihlekisi Primary, Powerline Primary, Mabonwana Primary and Jameyana Primary Schools received their Silver Awards for having successfully participated for two or more years in the Eco-Schools programme.
Image 6: Bokwidi Primary, Galakwinstroom Primary, Given Mangolo Primary, Leubaneng Primary, Mushi Primary, Reabilwe Primary, Serema High and Supi Primary Schools received their Platinum Level 4 Awards for having successfully participated for 9 or more years in the Eco-Schools programme.
Image 7: Toronto Primary, Mamoyahabo Primary, Mantshabe Primary, Modikwa Primary, Nonyana Primary, Rasekgale Primary, Sepanya Primary, Makgari Primary, Rasebilu Primary, Ridgeway Independent, Sunrise Superkids Primary, Hans Masibe Primary, Kgoka Primary, Chayiwe Primary, Thulamahashe Primary, Senyianye Primary and Maribe Primary Schools received their Green Flag Awards for successfully participating for 3 or more years in the Programme.
Image 8: Educators received various educational resources such as the EnviroKids Magazines.