HSBC Malta Foundation has donated €10,000 to Nature Trust (Malta)

HSBC Malta Foundation has donated €10,000 to Nature Trust (Malta) to assist this NGO in furthering the EkoSkola national programme among state schools and other schools in Malta and Gozo.

66 - HSBC Malta Foundation extends its support - IPH__0328The EkoSkola Parliament session is an annual event that brings together young policymakers face to face with Malta’s Members of Parliament in a positive parliamentary debate about ways of improving the quality of life at schools and in the community.

In collaboration with the International organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), schools follow a simple seven-step process which is driven by students. They lead an eco-committee which carries out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their respective school, and determines which environmental themes they want to address immediately and also take ownership of such issues.

The students then draw up an action plan to address the issues and implement this plan throughout their schools, informing and involving the whole school and community.  Moreover, the students draw up an eco code and monitor all processes through cross curricular activities promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Trained EkoSkola teachers assist the schools’ eco-committee and work with the pupils to achieve their school’s Green Flag status – a prestigious international eco-label demonstrating the school’s commitment to fostering sustainable lifestyles.

“EkoSkola is an international award programme involving over 14 million students from 58 different countries. Through learning experiences, the students are guided to take an active role in their schools’ environmental decision-making and in their community and to become more sustainable,” said Vincent Attard, Executive President Nature Trust (Malta).“Led by Nature Trust, EkoSkola programme has been successfully running in Malta since 2002. A good amount of work is carried out within schools to reach high standards. Through EkoSkola, many young Maltese children are promoting sustainable lifestyles at their schools and families, with the Maltese community benefitting from such initiatives,” said Miss Alexander.

EkoSkola is coordinated in Malta by Nature Trust (Malta), with support from the Ministry of Education and Employment, the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry for Gozo, Wasteserv and HSBC Malta Foundation.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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