Learning the importance of environmental values during the academic stage is very important. If we want the next generations to be committed to respecting the environment, we must begin to include ecological education from the first years of school. The Ecoschool project is a challenge, in this case, both students and teachers are involved in creating a sustainable environment, which allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and convey to our students the importance of respect for the environment with which they coexist on a daily basis.
The foundations of the Ecoschools project
The aim of the Ecoschools project is to create teaching spaces in which pupils, throughout all educational stages, can recognise the importance of ecology by living day by day in a sustainable environment.
The Ecoschool programmes are based on 6 principles:
- Inclusion: An Eco-School includes all of us, the project incorporates the participation of pupils, teachers and the educational community in general.
- Improving the school environment: We seek to reduce the ecological footprint. Stopping climate change starts with small changes, the academic community must be an example for pupils, through sustainable actions in all areas.
- Motivation: We are looking for tangible results that students can perceive and feel motivated by during their learning stage.
- Global connection: The Ecoschool project encourages interaction between various educational communities in different parts of the world, through activities that help language improvement and understanding of the global environment.
- Community: Emphasis is placed on the importance of community involvement and the benefits of our actions on our environment.
- Attitude: Through ecology-related activities, we will encourage attitudes related to leadership and collaboration as a way to solve problems.
Ecological education and environmental habits
Projects aimed at reinforcing environmental protection have two objectives: to create ecological habits and to develop a respectful educational environment.
It is very important that future generations understand the importance of incorporating green habits into their daily lives. The coming years will be crucial to prevent our activity from damaging the planet, individual behaviour is crucial, if we all participate in the care of nature we will slow down climate change, creating a healthier space for everyone. The EcoSchools project gets pupils from all over the world to develop healthy habits, which also involve their own community.
It is also important that schools become environmentally friendly spaces. Recycling points, organic farming areas and the use of environmentally friendly materials are just some of the activities that allow us to improve our use of resources.
It is very important for our schools to continue to incorporate solutions aimed at reducing our ecological footprint. Many of our schools are located in natural areas, which allows us to live with nature on a daily basis. The possibility of visiting the immediate environment gives us an advantage when it comes to perceiving the presence of nature in our daily lives, involving our students.
Ecology as a daily project
Raising awareness about the responsible use of our resources cannot be based on one-off actions, it must be part of our daily lives. Habits will ensure that issues such as recycling are perceived as a matter of course, ecological educational programmes will establish a series of actions, which we can carry out on a daily basis in the classroom.
It is important that this project also includes the actions we take in our homes. Responsible consumption of resources is not limited to the school environment, so it is important that families are part of this activity, promoting ecological values at home as well. Together, families and schools can ensure that future generations will enjoy protected, healthy and sustainable spaces.
ISP Schools and our commitment to the environment
In our schools we encourage daily actions that will allow us to reduce our impact on nature. From the responsible use of water to energy saving, it is important for our schools to transmit to our students concrete actions related to respect for the environment.
The Ecoschool project allows us to establish objectives that we meet on a daily basis, with the collaboration of both the educational community and our pupils. Ecological values form part of our educational programmes, so that together we can contribute to improving the planet.
The Ecoschool qualification, which some of our schools have already achieved, is one more reason to continue incorporating ecology-focused activities in our classrooms. We want our pupils to grow up on a cleaner planet, and part of our work as educators must focus on transmitting habits related to ecology.