Two local schools win WESSA Eco-School awards

PLG Academy and Pecanwood College  received the awards for developing environmental action projects and learning programmes, which have improved their schools’ sustainability practices.

Pecanwood College became the first school in the province to be awarded the second International Platinum flag in the WESSA Eco-schools programme for its successful wetland project implemented in 2015, and PLG Academy Hartbeespoort received a bronze award for its hard work in the environment.

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Carita Beukes and Lani Fikkert show off Pecanwood’s second Platinum Award from Eco-Schools (WESSA).

Eco-Schools is a school-based environmental management, certification and sustainable development education programme of the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The programme is implemented in almost 60 countries around the world and by WESSA in South Africa.  Eco-Schools aims to improve environmental management and environmental learning at schools by assisting them to grow and develop their environmental capacity.  The programme supports the National Curriculum (CAPS) and also benefits the school in terms of whole-school development and improvement.

The event was attended by teachers and learners from the participating schools, as well as by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa environmental education staff and partner organisations who have played a strong role in implementing the programme and supporting the schools over the past year. Schools came from as far as Koffiekraal, near Groot Marico and enjoyed the beautiful farm and grounds.

WESSA Eco-Schools from Gauteng and North West Provinces were celebrated at a Green Flag award ceremony held at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm in Skeerpoort.

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