EkoSkola during scholastic year 2013-2014
During this scholastic year our Resource Centre embarked on the EkoSkola programme. EkoSkola was set up in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and today includes over 13,000 schools worldwide. As part of our on-going policy towards a holistic education our centre is working to become more eco-friendly and incorporate a sustainable lifestyle into our everyday activities so that this environmental principle becomes part of the centre’s attitude. Schools that successfully attain this goal are awarded a Green Flag.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
At Helen Keller Resource centre we promoted the use of the 3Rs, (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle). This was achieved through reducing the consumptions of plastic bags by promoting Textile Bags. These bags were made at our centre and were decorated by our students. We promoted the use of textile bags with staff, students, parents and the community. Also at our centre, crafts are made with reused materials. Last but not least, we promote recycling.
In March 2014, our centre was invited to participate in the EkoSkola 3rd Young People’s Environmental Summit, which took place on the 28th March, during which we presented our concern regarding the lack of accessibility of Bring-In Sites to wheelchair users.
The following clip was shown during the summit to voice this matter.
The clip highlights the lack of accessibility of bring-in sites to wheelchair users. This issue was also brought up during the EkoSkola Parliamentary Session (May 2014), to which we couldn't attend due to lack to accessibility. During this event Hon. Leo Brincat referred to this above video and admitted that it gave him a perspective that was not considered before.