Eco-schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Eco-schools empowers students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-oriented learning.
Through their ISLANDS project, funded by the European Union, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has join the FEE in December 2014 to introduce Eco-Schools as a regional programme covering Madagascar, the Comoro Islands, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Zanzibar.
Through the new Eco-schools Indian Ocean programme, these new IO countries will be joining 58 other countries and more than 18 million students already implementing Eco-school worldwide.
Eco-schools Indian Ocean will help participant schools to:
How does it work?
Eco-schools Indian Ocean works under the framework of the three C’s: Curriculum, Campus and Community. The aim of the three C’s is to focus and improve knowledge, behaviour and actions within the school environment, and encourage students to apply knowledge and skills gained in the wider community.
Schools joining the programme will follow a simple seven-step process and work with ten environmental themes i.e. Climate change, Energy, Water, Waste, Healthy living, Biodiversity, Soil and air, Livelihoods, Cultural heritage, and Ocean and coast.
The Eco-schools themes of Waste, Water and Climate change are compulsory for all Eco-schools implementing the programme for the first time and should be maintained in the years that follow.
Schools can gain awards: Bronze Award, Silver Award and ultimately the internationally recognized Green Flag Award, certified by FEE.
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the IOC and Reef Conservation
To implement the Eco-schools Indian Ocean programme the IOC aims to build national partnerships and capacity for the long-term running of Eco-Schools in each country over the next three years. In this perspective an MOU has been signed in May 2015 between the IOC and Reef Conservation to support and coordinate the Eco-Schools Indian Ocean programme in Mauritius and Rodrigues during its pilot phase i.e. until October 2015.