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Sustainable Schools Award Scheme

Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

"Education for sustainable development and global citizenship (ESDGC) is about the things we do every day.  It is about the big issues in the world - such as climate change, trade, resource and environmental depletion, human rights, conflict and democracy, - and about how they relate to each other and us.  It is about how we treat the earth and how we treat each other, no matter how far apart we live.  It is about how we prepare for the future.  Every one of us has a part to play"

ESDGC: Information for teacher trainees and New Teachers in Wales July 2008

Pembrokeshire has embraced this through The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Schools Award Scheme, which was set up in 2003 to encourage a whole school approach to ESDGC with the following aims:

  • to assist in the development and implementation of ESDGC in the curriculum
  • to assist in the development of schools as sustainable institutions
  • to enable ESDGC providers in Pembrokeshire to work together for the benefit of schools

It is a partnership scheme, administered by Pembrokeshire County Council, with representatives from the following ESDGC providers in Pembrokeshire and Cardiff on the steering group, which meets termly:

  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
  • West Wales Eco Centre
  • Eco-Schools Wales
  • Health Promoting Schools
  • Tir a Môr resources
  • SCAN - Schools in Communities Agenda 21 Network

These partners provide assistance to schools in implementing the scheme.

The scheme is made up of eight ESDGC topics. Schools take on three topics to gain the bronze award, another three for the silver, and the final two for the gold, by which time the school should be acting sustainably, and ESDGC should be written into planning and the School Development Plan. The topics are:

  • Waste and Litter Minimisation
  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • Healthy Living
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Global Citizenship
  • Community Citizenship

Sixty nine schools are registered on the scheme. Of these, 45 have achieved the bronze award, 24 the silver and 10 the gold award.

The Sustainable Schools Project Officer works three days a week to provide support to schools, both in school with the Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator or whole staff, and through working groups or teacher networking days, which are run every term.  Outside providers are recommended to schools, and special projects can be supported by the scheme.

Examples of some projects undertaken in schools illustrate the scope of the project and how it can support other areas of the curriculum.

A year 4 class visited the recycling centre at Withyhedge as part of a scheme of work, and then made a film about waste and recycling in Pembrokeshire, which is available on the e-portal for all schools to watch.

Year 2 at a school on the coast studied turtles and their food, linked it to marine litter and encouraged local people to use cloth bags, as turtles can die by inadvertently eating plastic bags instead of jellyfish.  This was linked to the local campaign to make the village carrier bag free.

A small rural school is encouraging enjoyment of the countryside by lending pedometers and digital cameras to pupils to use outside school hours.  They fill in a template about a walk they have been on with their family, taking photographs and writing about interesting features, and grading the walk.  These will be put together in a book, which will be sold to local people and visitors to Pembrokeshire.

For further information please contact:
Janie Pridham, Sustainable Schools Project Officer
SPAN House
Moorfield Road
Narberth / Arberth
Pembrokeshire / Sir Benfro
SA67 7AG
Tel: 01437 563071
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