Grantleigh nabs top environmental award

Proud ambassadors of the Eco-Schools Programme are Danielle van Onselen, Gunther Kelling, Tessa Hubble, Phila Maxase and Prinicipal Mr Shaun McMurtry

GRANTLEIGH was recently awarded the International Green Flag status at an awards ceremony held by WESSA Eco-Schools.

This is the highest accolade that a school can achieve internationally for their environmental education programme.

The Eco-Schools programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom.

The programme is active in 64 countries around the world and was implemented in South Africa 2003 by WESSA.

It is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) in the national curriculum.

With over 50% of the content in some CAPS subjects being environmental in nature, Eco-Schools make a positive contribution towards improving education in South Africa.

The programme was driven by Grantleigh staff member, Deon van der Berg who said it was an immense achievement for the school.

‘We are very proud of this award achieved through the hard work, commitment and dedication of our teachers and pupils. We will continue to drive this campaign in the same vein in order for us to maintain our International Green Flag status,’ he said.


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