The Eco-School Club program consists of three structural elements –
- the Seven Steps Framework
- the EGSCN Themes
- Assessment for the Green Flag.
To be successful the program requires acceptance and support from the management of the school. Active involvement of staff is imperative as well as a long-term commitment and the willingness to involve students in decision-making.
THE SEVEN STEP FRAMEWORK
The Seven Steps methodology is a series of carefully engineered measures that will maximize the success of the EGSCN program in the school. The method will involve a wide diversity of individuals from the school and the community
Step 1: Form an Eco-Green School Club (EGSC) Committee
Step 2: Carry out a Sustainability Audit
Step 3: Action Plan
Step 4: Monitor and Evaluate
Step 5: Curriculum Work
Step 6: Inform and Involve
Step 7: Produce an Eco Code
THE GREEN FLAG
Usually, after two years of implementing the program and reaching a high level of performance in complying with these seven steps, schools can then apply for and be awarded the Green Flag.
Before receiving their first Green Flag, schools must be assessed by means of a visit. After the first Green Flag, other means of assessment are allowed, although visits are always recommended. Assessment should be carried out on a yearly basis.
Green Flag is a National recognition award for excellence in environmental action and learning.
Schools can work up to the Green Flag level by achieving Bronze and Silver awards.
Bronze Award is the first award achieved by putting steps 1,2 and 3 of the EGSCN framework in action.
Silver Award is achieved when three topics have been picked and executed. Also implemented step 4 and 5 of the EGSCN framework
Biodiversity & Nature
Health & Wellbeing
Marine and Coast