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O Castro British International School obtains the Ecoschools Green Flag

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The Ecoschools assessment committee awarded O Castro British International School its first Green Flag, after three years within the programme.

The Ecoschools assessment committee awarded O Castro British International School its first Green Flag, after three years within the programme, a prize for all the environmental awareness work carried out both inside and outside the classroom by the educational community of the British school located in Mos, and a great incentive to continue working for the care of the environment and the sustainability of our surroundings.

O Castro British International School receives this recognition at the same time as seven other Globeducate member schools in Spain, after the inspection carried out last May by members of Ecoschools, who visited the school in person to measure the success of the programme, ensuring that the objectives established in the individual action plan of each centre had been achieved.


Action plan

The educational community at O Castro British International School worked around three key areas: reducing energy consumption and waste production and encouraging healthy lifestyles. "Three years ago we began this journey towards obtaining the Green Flag which certifies us as an ecological school, and I could not be prouder of the work done by the Eco Committee, the teachers and all the staff and, of course, the students. Together we have managed to implement good habits within our school community to reduce waste production and energy consumption, both in the day-to-day running of the school and through special awareness-raising events such as WWF's Wear It Wild Day, Eco Week and Earth Day; small changes that can have big impacts, both in the lives of our students and in our environment", explains Alice Ferns, Ecoschools Coordinator at O Castro. 


What is Ecoschools

Ecoschools is the ADEAC programme that promotes respect for the environment and sustainability in schools with the greatest global reach. It is born in the classroom and extends to the community, through the involvement of the next generations in action-based learning. With an international network of 59,000 schools in 68 countries around the world, O Castro British International joined the programme three years ago as part of the Globeducate Agenda, an international group of schools of which it has been a member since 2017, and which also encompasses other global events that inspire students to transform the world.

The Ecoschools programme is a seven-step journey that involves the formation of a proactive Eco Committee that reviews green practices and sustainability in the school, develops an action plan for improvements and shares a green code with the school community. The team, led and managed by the students, works closely with the school's Ecoschools coordinator and the school's management team.


Educating in values

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the programme is that it produces, over time, generations of people who are aware of environmental care and sustainability. The achievement of the first Green Flag for O Castro British International School is just one step on the road ahead, as each school must follow a seven-step process of change, empowering its young people to lead processes and actions wherever possible.
''The climate challenge has to be the most important issue facing our future generations. It is at the forefront of our students' minds because they know how imperative the emergency is. Participating in the Eco-Schools programme has had a real and important effect on the whole school, which I am sure will have a knock-on impact on our environment, says Head of School, Mr Abbott. 


Next steps

Following the evaluation sessions with the Eco-Schools organisation teams, a number of recommendations are made for further improvement and impact. The aim of receiving the flag is to recognise the start of a journey, but more importantly to encourage schools to consolidate, expand their work and work harder with the whole school community to create a fully sustainable learning environment.

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