The Eco-Schools programme is contributing to ensuring that the environment is recognised as a critical element – the most important public good on which ‘Quality of Life’ is dependent. Since 1994, we have, all together, strived to make the programme a globally well-established vehicle for EE and ESD through deep experiential learning to prepare generations of active citizens who take the public responsibility to not only conserve the environment but also through their handprint reverse the challenges before humanity. The 25th Anniversary Declaration of Eco-Schools pledges to reach every child with ESD as an important Human Right.
The Eco-Schools International programme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as a response to the need to involve young people in environmental projects iden fi ed at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The Local Agenda 21 methodology, discussed at the conference, is the basis for the Seven Steps. The programme's official start was in 1994, launched in Denmark, Germany, Greece and United Kingdom. The Eco-Schools International programme staff, along with the rest of the FEE Head Office team, is based in Copenhagen, Denmark (since 2010).
Eco-Schools is a growing phenomenon which encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom, it expands to the school, and eventually fosters change in the community at large. Through this programme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag. The Eco-Schools programme is an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, school staff, and local authorities.
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