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  • 1. The EkoSkola Programme The Malta experience eight years on…
  • 2.
    • 2003: MRRA sponsors EkoSkola
    • 2005: HSBC joins in as main sponsor
    • 2006: Wasteserv Malta Ltd joins in to assist in the country’s FEE participation fee
    • 2007: MEDC appoints 5 EkoSkola Teachers
    Running EkoSkola costs €120,000 annually The sponsors Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • 3.
    • launched during the scholastic year 2002-2003 as a pilot project aimed to:
      • assess the resources needed to set up the organisational framework required to run the programme on a national basis,
      • assess the impact of the programme on the curriculum and identify specific curricular needs, and
      • promote the programme with other schools.
    The beginning …
  • 4.
    • efforts aimed to support the EkoSkola process in schools by:
      • the production of support material for schools,
      • offer schools the support needed to initiate/maintain the EkoSkola process
      • the organisation of in-school staff development programmes, and
      • the promotion of the programme with other schools.
    During the following years …
  • 5. The schools … 1
  • 6. The schools … 2
  • 7. The schools … 3
  • 8. The schools … 4
  • 9. The schools … 5
  • 10. Progress in Schools
  • 11.
    • the National EkoSkola Co-ordinator
    • regional EkoSkola Officers offering:
      • support re the 7-steps process
      • professional development seminars promoting a whole school approach
      • SDP planning sessions to introduce ES and/or integrate the Action Plan
    • nationally based in-service course: “The EkoSkola Programme: a whole school approach to environmental education”
    • ‘ Trends’: “Promoting School Development through Environmental Education”
    Support given
  • 12.
    • resource sheets offering support leading schools through the ES process
    • enviromental education curriculum packs
    • networking services with local/foreign schools
    • electronic local EkoSkola newsletter
    • electronic international bimonthly newsletter: http:// www.eco-schools.org/new/newsletters.html
    • local website: http://www.ekoskolamalta.com
    • international website: http:// www.eco-schools.org/
    Support given
  • 13.
    • Centralized management structures are hard to overcome :
      • at all levels:
        • teacher – students;
        • headteacher – school;
        • educational authorities – schools
      • a general belief that children are too young to participate in decision-making fora
      • ‘ adult’ imposition and token participation are still visible in certain schools
    Main issues to deal with
  • 14.
    • EkoSkola is not ‘ product ’ based but ‘ process ’ based:
      • Green Flag award is not dependent on how many environmental activities the school does but on whether ALL the 7 Steps of the EkoSkola Process are followed
      • trying to fit the EkoSkola process onto old structures will not work
    Main issues to deal with
  • 15.
    • Networking between schools is still weak:
      • schools still work in isolation
      • tendency to view activities as opportunities to show off and ‘beat the others at it’
    Main issues to deal with
  • 16.
    • EkoSkola teachers’ role is to support schools NOT to run the programme
    • “ EkoSkola” is protected by copyright
    • Main concern of school should be providing students with a learning experience NOT getting the Green Flag
    Main issues to deal with
  • 17. The programme will surely change the way your school currently functions ... ... but it will be worth it!