Children today face many new challenges – social, economic and environmental. Making sense of all this isn’t easy and often can be quite overwhelming and disempowering, especially if you’re six years of age.
This however is exactly what the students and staff at Eagles Nest National School in Renvyle, Connemara, have done through their Green-Schools programme. Since starting the programme in 2001/2002, Eagles Nest has progressed steadily through all the themes of the Green-Schools programme. Travel is the fourth theme. As part of their Action Plan, participating schools set their own travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling or using public transport; promoting sustainable transport modes and improving pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense they need as pedestrians and cyclists.
Eagles Nest Green-Schools programme is impressive in the depth and breadth of commitment to creating a culture of sustainability in the school and local community. Paul Gannon, the school principal, summed it up best when he stated that Eagles Nest has now built a tradition of environmental awareness and sustainability at the school. The bike shelter is overflowing with bikes, students regularly take part in ‘walking buses’ to school, and the pupils themselves are full of energy and questions! The school, in short, is a vibrant and happy place to be.
For more information please contact: www.greenschoolsireland.org
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