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  • 1. The EkoSkola Programme The Malta experience eight years on


  • 2003: MRRA sponsors EkoSkola
  • 2005: HSBC joins inas main sponsor
  • 2006: Wasteserv Malta Ltd joins in to assist in the countrys 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 educationcurriculum 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 structuresare 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 structureswill notwork

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!