Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 67 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world.
WWF-Thailand has been the Eco-Schools National Operator for Thailand since 2016. There are 21 schools national schools and 3 international schools registered and 4 schools currently hold the internationally recognized Eco-Schools Green Flag.
It all starts in the classroom
Eco-Schools is a growing phenomenon, which encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom, it expands to the school and eventually fosters change in the community at large. Through this programme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag. The Eco-Schools programme is an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, school staff and local authorities.
Eco-Schools facilitates contact between participating institutions not just at the national level, but also internationally. These links provide an opportunity for schools to share environmental information, they can also be used as a means for cultural exchanges and for improving language skills.
How Eco-Schools Works
The programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, health and well-being, school grounds, transportation, climate change, waste management and water resources. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award
The programme is pupil-led and encourages whole school involvement. It also encourages closer links between schools and their communities. It offers many benefits for individual pupils, developing their knowledge and skills and improving their well-being. There are also many benefits for schools, with an added bonus of saving money.