Green Flag Awards Ceremony 2017July 4, 2017
11 schools enrolled in the EkoSkola programme were this morning awarded the prestigious international Green Flag Award for the first time. In a ceremony presided over by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, at the President’s Palace Valletta a total of 34 schools received recognition for adopting an active role in decision-making in their school and in their community. St Benedict College, Żurrieq Primary School and St Clare College, San Ġwann Primary School have received the 6th consecutive Green Flag. The number of schools flying the Green Flag in the Maltese islands is now 71.
The student-led whole school approach methodology not only serves to impart transversal skills to the participants, but is also serving to meet international commitments our island nation has as signatory to various treaties and conventions, not least the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, whereas themes such as waste management, transport, electricity and water issues remain very central and very relevant for Maltese Eco-Schools there has been a marked shift in the past years to think more globally whilst still acting locally. Circular economy, sustainable communities, sustainable food consumption, fair trade, palm oil, child labour, gender inequalities, access to safe drinking water and poverty amongst others, featured more prominently in many of the Eco-Schools’ action plans in recent years.
Whilst the Eco-Schools’ commitments were lauded profusely by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, the Executive President of Nature Trust- FEE Malta Mr Vincent Attard thanked Her Excellency for once again hosting this year’s Green Flag awards and for her support throughout the year as patron of the EkoSkola programme. A group of students then presented her with a selection of food items and recipe books specifically prepared by them using local and seasonal products through the We Eat Responsibly project which is an EU project focusing on promoting responsible food behaviour patterns.