PRESS RELEASE – The Green Schools Project is coming to Saint Lucia, seeking to foster environmental stewardship among primary and secondary school students and by extension, through them, their wider community.
This project was developed to provide students with a learning opportunity to support the creation of sustainable communities and pilot an approach to delivering Environmental Education.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will partner with the Ministry of Education and other key agencies to work with students to develop skills and promote favourable practices in support of good environmental stewardship through the execution of hands–on activities.
The Gros Islet secondary and Soufriere primary schools were selected to pilot the project based on criteria developed in consultation with key line Ministries and other Agencies such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Transformation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, Water and Sewerage Company and Saint Lucia Electricity Services.
The project will target one or two grades within the chosen co-ed schools. Students will be engaged in activities/presentations to raise their awareness of issues and solutions related to waste management, energy conservation, water management, sustainable food production and/or school grounds beautification.
Following the delivery of these awareness raising and educational activities, the students will be actively involved in the “greening” of their school as well as documenting their plans and progress in implementing those plans.
The intention is to use the pilot schools to promote the concept to other primary schools and to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach in catalysing behavioural change in support of developing creative and responsible Saint Lucian and global citizens.
The official launch will take place on Friday October 16th, 2015 at the Orchid Garden, Union. The entire project will be executed over a period of twelve (12) months and is financed under the Japan-CARICOM Friendship Cooporation Fund (JCFCF).