Between 2020-2022, all Globeducate schools are working towards Eco-Schools “Green Flag” status – using this globally recognised benchmark as a tangible tool for meeting our shared vision to address the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals 2030 and to prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world.
During Covid-19 school closures, many schools moved their Eco-committee meetings online and moved action planning online, too. We saw across the group that some schools had to press pause on some of their activities but these are now back in full swing and students and staff are back together, despite having to overcome physical obstacles such as not mixing students from different classes in many schools. Some schools are holding committee meetings outdoors, some virtually, and some in socially distanced environments.
We celebrated Hattemer 8e in Paris achieving their Green Flag status for their Sunga Bana project with schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they joined Nobel International School Algarve and Rome International School as Globeducate schools that have already achieved Eco-Schools certification. Rome International School went on to achieve a highly commended status by The PIEoneer Awards for their work on sustainability international impact.
Rome International School and ICS London launched their own micro sites for their Eco-Councils, and James Benson, Eco-Schools Co-ordinator at ICS London was invited to take part in a national UK forum on sustainability, hosted by the Daily Telegraph newspaper and Legal and General Insurance company, and Head of School Rod Jackson was interviewed by a London lifestyle magazine about the school´s work on sustainability education through Eco-Schools.
Participation in the Eco-Schools programme led to lots of publicity in Spain as our ten schools there joined, and the Spain Eco-Schools president, José Ramón Sánchez visited Agora International School Madrid to meet CEO of Spain and Andorra Carolina Rodrigues Inciarte, and to talk to students there.
In January, TIPS Chief Academic Officer Dr Sonali Geed welcomed Ms Khusbu Shah of Eco-Schools India, and Daniel Jones, Globeducate´s Chief Academic Officer to the Coimbatore school campus in India. Eco-Schools co-ordinators were appointed in June, following school closures earlier in the year, and these schools began their journey this autumn.
In Canada, our Blyth Academy campuses have all been rewarded with the Special Edition 2019-2020 Eco Schools Canada Seal; they have been busy with projects including bee-keeping, plastic reduction schemes and installing water fountains, and Toronto Prep School is the most recent school to join the Eco-Schools programme.
Across the group, schools celebrated sustainability education and raised awareness of ecological issues by organising activities for Earth Week, Earth Day, International Bee Day – giving each Globeducate student, in all of our schools, the opportunity to play their role as a global citizen who can shape the world. Congratulations to all on the hard work invested in a challenging year.