13 April 2011>
School pupils from across Caerphilly county borough have been brushing up on their green credentials, with over 50% of schools in the county borough having now achieved the Eco School Green Flag Award.
Cllr Phil Bevan, Cabinet Member for Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning said, "This is a very impressive achievement, and highlights the dedication and commitment to sustainable development and global citizenship by schools in the Caerphilly county borough – well done everyone!".
Of the 46 Caerphilly county borough schools to achieve the Eco School Green Flag Award, 21 schools have achieved their second Eco School Green Flag and a fantastic five schools have achieved their THIRD Eco School Green Flag, and are now working towards the Eco School Platinum Award!
Some of the fantastic Eco School Green Flag projects achieved to date include:
- Bedwas High School – Outdoor classroom project
- Bedwas Junior School – Local to Global (From Wales to South Africa) project
- Cwmaber Infants – Outdoor Classroom project
- Heolddu Comprehensive – Network of Environmental Clubs project
- Penllwyn Primary – Habitat development project
- Pentwynmawr Primary – Fairtrade project
- Markham Primary – Walking bus project – aimed at reducing traffic congestion
- Twyn Primary – Energy Efficiency project
- Ynysddu Primary – Allotment project/community links
- Ysgol Y Lawnt – Climate Change Garden project
The challenge now is to encourage every school in the county borough to achieve the prestigious Eco School Green Flag Award, and to embed education for sustainable development and global citizenship throughout the school curriculum and ethos.
Cllr Bevan continued, "The Eco Schools programme helps make environmental awareness and action a central part of school life for the whole school community".
For further information on the Eco Schools programme in Caerphilly county borough, please contact Tracy Evans, Education for Sustainable Development Officer at email@example.com
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