NT Eco-Schools Launch

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 23 October 2014

 

 

 

 

Keep Australia Beautiful Council is launching the NT Eco–Schools program at Parap Primary School tomorrow with school students planting an Herb Garden to specially mark the occasion.

Darwin Middle School Eco-Warriors will also be in attendance to help celebrate and mark this special occasion. Both Parap Primary and Darwin Middle Schools are the first Eco-Schools in the Northern Territory – linked to the largest environmental education network in the world. It allows both schools the ability to share and teach about our own unique Territorian experiences and point of view.

“Good partnerships between stakeholders and a focus on environmental teaching and learning is an important step to reducing negative impacts on our environment,” says Heimo Schober, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory (KABCNT).

Mr Schober said that KABC(NT) welcomes and congratulates the efforts of NT Eco-Schools and Teachers in their hard work teaching and preparing our future generations towards sustainability.

“We totally support coordinated, national approaches that focus on education, and more so if they are linked globally” said Mr Schober.

The Eco- School Program is an international global school programe that recognises efforts through the bronze, silver and green flag awards, and aims to empower students to be ‘the change’ that our world needs.

Eco-schools engage students in a fun action orientated learning process. The program format and award structure compliment exciting environmental education framework within our Territory schools to promote and learn about a sustainable Australia.

By joining this program, Territory Schools can collaborate and form alliances in achieving shared knowledge and outcomes with any of the 60 participating countries.

Overseas Eco-Schools Program survey results show the program has positive impacts on wellbeing, behaviour, motivation, and cognitive skills. Schools that embrace education for sustainability are also schools that succeed and do well.

KABC(NT) will also be conducting a Eco-School Teacher workshop in December to help create awareness and allow the opportunity for schools and students to commit and be prepared to participate in the Global Eco-School ‘Territory program’ in Term 1 of 2015.

NT Eco-School Program objectives include:-

  • Efficient use of our valuable resources
  • Enable schools to address community and global environment concerns of high priority
  • Promote and develop students behaviour, knowledge and values that support environmental sustainability
  • To promote participation and learning of students in improving our environment
  • To encourage a whole of school approach to sustainable practises of operation
  • For teachers, students and general school community to learn and gain practical and educational skills and knowledge about the environment.

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*Refer http://kab.org.au/eco-schools/

For further information or interviews please contact:
Heimo Schober, KABC(NT) CEO on 0407 186 461 or ceo@kabcnt.org.au

 

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