For the 2020-2021 school year, 71 Eco-Schools will hoist the Green Flag which validates a three-year environmental education course, led by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, chaired by Princess Lalla Hasnaa, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports.
Thus, 64 Eco-Schools throughout the Kingdom received a silver certificate which rewards them for having dealt with two themes of the program and 84 a bronze certificate for having dealt with one. In total, out of the 228 candidates, 219 Eco-Schools from 10 regional academies received an award under this program created by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
The 2020-2021 edition of the green pavilion took place entirely under the health constraints of Covid-19, to which schoolchildren and their supervisors have adapted perfectly. The Foundation had provided them with a platform for Eco-Schools to submit their application files online and had extended the calendar to organize the essential field visits that precede the work of the jury.
These visits were carried out by the regional environment and sustainable development committees which support and supervise the participating Eco-Schools in the implementation of the program.
For this edition, they helped schoolchildren to make the link between the program, their school curriculum and the 17 sustainable development goals promoted by the UN.
The jury, which met on Wednesday July 14 and Thursday July 15, 2021, face-to-face and remotely to deliberate, had a double responsibility this year, since the Eco-Schools had been given another opportunity to stand out: the second edition of the Best Practices Competition, the first having taken place at the COP22 in Marrakech in 2016. Called “once upon a time there was an eco-school”, it offered participants to produce a video capsule of three minutes at most, in which they presented the good environmental practices developed by their respective Eco-Schools on one of the two imposed themes: preservation of biodiversity and fight against climate change.
The competition, which ran from April to June 2021, was open to 600 schools labeled or renewing their label each year. 65 Eco-Schools from 11 regional academies finally submitted their project online to be submitted to the same jury as for Pavillon Vert. This awarded 11 Eco-Schools, the prizes of which, a tablet for each winning student and supervisor will be awarded during a ceremony to be organized by the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training. The good practices presented in the awarded films will be posted on the ecoecoles.ma site.
Thanks to the Eco-Schools program, students, like their supervisors and relatives, feel concerned by environmental problems, as shown by an impact study carried out in 2021 by the Foundation.
Eco-Schools and Green Flag, an international program present in 70 countries
Eco-Schools is an educational tool www.ecoecoles.ma The objective is to instill in schoolchildren the notions of sustainable development, behaviors and lifestyles respectful of the environment.
Each school goes through a seven-step change process to get young people to take action wherever they can. Over time, this process leads to visible improvements, both in learning outcomes and in the behavior of students and populations, and ultimately in the environment. At the end of the course, schools obtain one of the three labeling (Bronze, silver or green flag certificate).
The journey to the Green Pavilion requires consistency and perseverance. To obtain the label, eco-schools must deal with three main themes: waste management and the rationalization of water and energy consumption. To renew it, they must deal with four other themes: biodiversity, food, solidarity and climate change.
To address these themes, the Eco-Schools program favors a concrete approach, through experimentation and fieldwork, to educate schoolchildren about environmental preservation and sustainable development.
The Eco-Schools program was established in Morocco by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment in 2006 www.fm6e.org in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports. 2812 schools are registered, of which 44% are rural and 56 are urban. 671 labeled green flag, 147 schools with a silver certificate and 269 with a bronze certificate. Today, 70 countries around the world have adopted it.
It is an international program of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which aims to educate and sensitize schoolchildren to the environment. This education is intended to be both fun and action-oriented.