Submitted by: MOHAMMED VI Foundation for Environment Protection
Implemented country: Morocco
Title: Ecology Live
Sustainability and a conscious way of dealing with energy are major topics of the future and that is why they need to be addressed in school. However: Finger-wagging is usually met with bored faces by students. The key to success lies in offering interesting and practical lessons – the only way to guarantee that students will apply in their daily lives what they learned at school. There are 17 elementary schools in Morocco that have succeeded in doing this. They were able to make their motto “Ecology Live“ part of life’s curriculum.
More than 9,000 students in the entire country experienced first-hand what ecology and sustainability can really mean together with friends and family. The Eco-Schools Program has been in place since 2006, supported by an environmental protection agency by the name of Mohammed VI. in many parts of Morocco such as in the regions of Agadir, Benguerir, Youssoufia, Khouribga, Rabat-Salé, Tangier, Ait Ourir, and Imzouran.
Said Mouline, who is responsible for environmental education, explains the Eco-School Program as follows: After setting up an organizing committee responsible for organizing and implementing the activities, the school’s typical energy consumption is analyzed and an action plan for realistic goals is devised. Then the students plan and monitor measures such as waste separation and water savings. They evaluate the results and publicize them. Also, each school develops its own Eco-Code that defines the school’s eco-values and goals. Successful schools receive a Green Flag. There are already more than 27,000 Eco Schools in more than 46 countries. In 2010, nine Moroccan schools reached that goal, and thanks to Eco School their students are future eco-citizens.
„Making environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life of the school for both pupils and for staff and introducing eco-actions to the citizens of tomorrow."