The Eco-Schools programme links into curriculum work of the school when and where possible.
The Eco-Schools programme has achieved local and international recognition as one of the recognised delivery tools for Education for Sustainable Development [ESD]. As an ESD programme it is supported by the Education Authority and is listed as a suggestion for delivering Curriculum Objectives in the Revised Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum. It is also a Key Element at Post Primary level. The programme is also strongly supported by all 11 local councils here in Northern Ireland and receives the backing of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Eco-Schools is now an integral part of the Sustainable Development Strategy for NI and is one of the ministerial targets in that strategy – therefore it is at the heart of the education process for the future of students within the province.
The principle behind Eco-Schools is that environmental topics being studied in the classroom should influence the way the whole school operates. What you decide to study should, if possible, enhance the environmental actions (i.e. your Action Plan) being undertaken by your school. This will provide greater relevance for the students. Opportunities exist within Eco-Schools to make curriculum links into a range of subjects at many levels. The table below outlines just some of these opportunities. Most schools are already incorporating a variety of environmental issues into the curriculum.
Case studies that illustrate how it links to the curriculum are available in the Case Studies section of Resources.