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