Pupils this week shared their knowledge and ideas of environmental actions at a workshop held by Emirates Wildlife Society(EWS) in association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Ajman.

More than 100 pupils and teachers from 30 schools joining the Eco-Schools UAE programme attended the workshop at the Ajman Kempinski Hotel where they gained a better understanding of how they can use the programme’s framework to achieve their environmental endeavours.

Pupils, who have already been awarded the Green Flag award from the programme’s previous academic year, shared their knowledge on electricity, water consumption and waste generation efficiency through short demonstrations at the workshop.

Attendees also listened to motivational speeches on the importance of environmental awareness, applying environmental practices at home and nurturing creativity in schools.

Lisa Perry, Programmes Director at EWS-WWF, stated: “The Eco-Schools workshop is a unique opportunity to engage and motivate schools joining the programme to understand how they could implement their ideas into reality, using their own creativity.”

Eco-Schools, which is recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme as a model initiative on education for sustainable development encourages teachers, parents and members of the local community to unite with students to lead the change towards a more sustainable world.

Schools work to curb their carbon emissions by using the programme’s seven-step methodology, which they also need to successfully complete to achieve and be awarded the prestigious Green Flag.

The seven steps include creating an Eco-Code, a school mission statement on sustainability, involving the wider community, linking the curriculum to environmental awareness and having an environmental action plan.

The 30 schools that have been implementing the programme since 2011 will continue their journey towards sustainability, while 30 new schools will join Eco-Schools UAE this year.