It all started out by Man-O-War Primary School’s teachers introducing the idea of Eco-Schools Bahamas and the Green Flag. The students all thought it was a great idea to do our part to take better care of our environment. Throughout the year the entire school worked together to become an Eco-School.
Looking back, President of the School’s Eco-Committee said it is really special to recognize that each student was dedicated to this goal.
Some of the activities that went into this prestigious award:
- Placing trash cans with the eco-logo throughout the settlement.
- The first Friday of each month they held a beach clean-up.
- They made a native plant garden featuring student made stepping stones
- Grades 4-6 grew vegetables in a hydroponics school garden and actively composted organic trash from home and school.
- Grades 3 & 4 made bush medicine and medicinal plant books.
- 95% of student art projects for the year were created from recycled products.
- The entire school reduced energy use by walking to school on Wednesdays, and by turning off lights and other electrical gadgets when not in use.
- Involved the community in the initiative
- Mapped out and identified with labels many of the native plants on the Cay
On June 13th, the school was awarded their Green Flag. It is the highest level award in the Eco-Schools Programme It was a huge honour as the flag was presented by Nancy Albury, representing Friends of the Environment, who presented on behalf of the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF).
“The Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme is part of the international Eco-Schools Programme, which was established by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in 1994. The programme recognizes and rewards schools who engage their students in taking action to improve their environmental practice on their school campuses and in the wider community. Man-O-War Primary is among the first five Bahamian schools to receive this award, and we are proud of what they have achieved within just one school year.” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s Executive Director.
The Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme is operated by BREEF in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology.