Eco-Schools is the world´s largest sustainability education programme and it offers an accessible framework for schools in every country we work in.
Between 2020-2022, all Globeducate schools are on the journey towards Eco-Schools “Green Flag” status – using this globally recognised benchmark as a tangible tool for meeting our vision to address the UN Sustainability Development Goals 2030 and prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world. Four of our schools – Rome International School, Nobel International School Algarve, and Hattemer 8e and 16e in Paris have already achieved this highly respected award.
During Covid-19 school closures, schools held online Eco-committee meetings and moved action planning online. Our group now counts 52 Eco-Schools coordinators amongst its staff; each school having its own teacher who is leading on our Global Agenda projects and overseeing the Eco-Schools accreditation and journey.
The Eco-Schools committees in different parts of the world have shared fantastic projects, from bee-keeping on the school rooftop garden in Toronto to the Sunga Bana project started by Hattemer students in France. In Portugal, students worked with a local artist to create art installations of marine mammals made with plastic. In Spain the President of Eco-Escuelas visited our schools and spoke to students about the differences they can make and in Canada and India, Eco-Schools met with our Chief Academic Officers.
In 2020, Rome International School´s Eco-School activities were recognised by global international education awards The PIEoneer Awards, being shortlisted for the Sustainability International Impact Award.
Our schools celebrate United Nations official days to support eco-awareness and conservation. Across our network, our students and teachers work with their own Eco-School committees and come up with inspiring ways to mark globally-recognised eco events such as Earth Hour, Earth Week and Earth Day, as well as those less well known such as International Bee Day, International Oceans Day and World Wildlife Day.
These days unite our whole Globeducate family as our students and teachers from across different age groups and cultures share what they have done with their contemporaries and families. By building these events into our school calendars, teachers are able to provide students with meaningful contexts for these events which have long lasting impact.