Eco-School Successes in Northern Ireland

Through the Enviroschools Programme, environmenal education is alive and well in many schools across New Zealand. In Otago, over 40% of all schools are now registered with the Enviroschools Programme where children are engaged in activities such as creating school gardens, having waste free lunch days, active transport to and from school, and stream care.

Likewise on the other side of the world in Northern Ireland, I am excited to find a similar scheme within schools; the Eco-Schools Programme – a programme that is now in 59 countries. In Northern Ireland, Eco-schools is operated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. What has the Eco-Schools Programme achieved here in Northern Ireland? In particular I am intrigued to find out how Northern Ireland has managed to have 100% of all its schools voluntarily register themselves as Eco-Schools! Its an amazing achievement.

On the 11th October 2016, I attended a Cluster Meeting for Eco-Schools in the North Down area of Northern Ireland. I spoke with Ruth Van Ry, the Eco-schools Project Officer, with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. And I also spoke with Matthew Skimin, teacher and Coordinator of the aclaimed Green Flag Eco-School programme being run at Andrews Memorial Primary School.

To listen to this programme about Eco-School Successes in Northern Ireland please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=35235a85-4175-4d10-8383-88e83bd931b3

To listen to other Eco Living in Action radio shows on the Otago Access Radio Website go to http://oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action-2/

For more information about –

This show was originally broadcast on the 20th October 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

 

Ruth Van Ry, Eco-Schools Coordinator with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Ruth Van Ry, Eco-Schools Coordinator with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Skimins and Carol Muirhead, Andrews Memorial Primary School

Matthew Skimin, Eco-Schools Coordinator, and Carol Muirhead, Eco Club Coordinator – at Andrews Memorial Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildflower meadow created by the children at Andrews Memorial Primary School

Wildflower meadow created by the children at Andrews Memorial Primary School