Eco-Schools to Place Environmental Education at the Heart of the School Curriculum

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Since its creation in June 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, who entrusted the Presidency to Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection has placed education and awareness raising at the heart of the mission it has been assigned. Thus contributing to the objectives defined during the summits in Rio (1992-2012) and in Johannesburg (2002) and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) followed by the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (post-2015).

Several programs and pilot projects within this framework were successfully conducted by the Foundation. These programs cover areas as diverse as environmental education, protection of the coastline, improving air quality, voluntary carbon offsetting, responsible tourism and the preservation and development of historic gardens, palm groves and oases.

In 2002, with its subscription to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE ), which is  a non-profit NGO bringing together 73 countries around the world and in which Morocco is the only Arab-Muslim country member, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection decided to implement four FEE programs in Morocco amongst wich the Eco-Schools Programme

The Eco-Schools Programme is at the heart of the Mohammed VI Foundation mission for the Protection of the Environment. It aims to at placing environmental education at the heart of the school curriculum, and enabling school children and all actors within the educational system to build a concrete environmental project within a shared vital space.

Main Educational Interventions:

  • The program’s original feature is that is involves the entire school community: pupils, teachers, local representatives, parents, the schools’ administration and associations.
  • The program has a very precise 7 point methodology enabling everyone to experience a participative democracy, where everyone’s contribution to the debate matters.
  • Five main working themes were put forward: Waste management, Saving water, Saving energy, Food and Biodiversity.
  • Each theme had repercussions both within and around schools, in terms of quality of life, economy of resources, and teaching citizenship based on personal commitment.

 

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Contact

Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l’Environnement

Km 3.2 Route de Zaers Avenue Mohammed VI,

Rue El Madani Ibn Houssaini

Rabat B.P 5679

environnement@fm6e.org

Theme: 
Biodiversity
Education
Energy
Environment
Hunger and Food Security
Waste Management
Water
Level of education: 
Secondary education
Needs: 
Training / capacity-building
Pedagogical advice on programs and curriculum
Monitoring and evaluation
Countries: 
Morocco