St Columba’s secures eco ambassador status

St COLUMBA’S Primary School in Clady has received its Ambassador Eco-School status for outstanding environmental outreach work.
Teachers from Eco-Schools all across the North – including St Columba’s – recently gathered at the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise, Greenmount to consider how to empower young people and foster leadership through environmental action at the Eco-Schools Teachers Conference. 
Over 75 schools heard advice and compelling calls to action from keynote speaker Dara McAnulty, young Fermanagh naturalist, Dr Orna Young, Fact Check NI and a number of teachers. 
Attendees also heard how primary schools here have been banning plastic straws in school, with the potential to remove 20 million straws from circulation if all schools in the North did the same. 
Northern Ireland has a record 25 per-cent of all schools holding an internationally recognised Green Flag award and growing in strength every year.  
Teachers were able glean more ideas on eco-leadership through a variety of topically themed workshops provided by the RSPB, CAFRE, Trócaire/Global Learning Programme, Belfast City Council, W5, Children in the Crossfire, and Ambassador Eco-Schools Best Practice. 
Dr Ian Humphreys, chief executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said,  “It is inspiring to reflect on the fact that this Eco-Schools conference on leadership has been largely led by teachers and a 13-year-old keynote speaker, Dara McAnulty.
“Schools in Northern Ireland’s lead the way in this international programme that is helping schools change the world one action at a time, for example by banning plastic straws.”
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