10 Waterford schools take part in innovative new Green Flag project
Ten Waterford schools are taking part in an innovative new Green-Schools programme.
An Taisce has teamed up with Irish Water for a seventh year to support schools working to gain a Green Flag under the water theme.
The water theme aims to increase awareness of water conservation among primary and secondary school students.
Over the course of this academic year just over 97,000 students and 8,000 teachers around the country will undertake the Green-Schools water theme in their school.
Schools will be invited to attend water workshops, take part in the annual poster competition, apply to be Water Ambassadors and, following their application for the Green Flag, all schools are in with a chance to be named Ireland’s Water School of the Year 2020.
Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the seventh year of our partnership with Irish Water. The support we’ve received has allowed us to create and develop resources, events and ongoing initiatives to assist schools as best we can with their work on our water theme. The fruits of this can be seen in schools like our award winning schools each year, who have achieved incredibly low water use and a strong school-wide culture of water conservation.”
Commenting on the partnership, Richard O hEadhra of Irish Water added: “Irish Water is delighted to be working with young people in schools throughout Ireland through the Green-Schools programme to encourage new and innovative ideas about water use and water conservation. Through this education, awareness and action based programme we can improve and secure this precious resource that is vital to the environmental, social and economic life of this country for future generations. Let’s continue the conversation about conservation.”