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 was the only Arab-Muslim country member, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection decided to implement four FEE programs in Morocco :
- "Blue Flag" for beaches.
- "Eco- Schools" for primary schools.
- "Young Reporters for the Environment" in middle schools and high schools.
- "Green Key" for tourist facilities and accommodations.
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the Foundation’s action starts in primary school and continues throughout middle school and high school, with the strong desire to ensure that environmental education is recognized as an integral part of education.
This action supports the child beyond school, at home, in his/her spare time, in his/her circle of family and friends, with innovative communication means and tools. Summer activities, educational paths, online games, cartoons, these tools extend school’s teaching and give it strength and consistency.
Young Reporters for the Environment
Through their participation to the Young Reporters for the Environment national competition, high school students of Ouled Moumena Chichaoua, in the Marrakech Safi region, discovered the high quantity of waste in their neighborhoods, mostly plastic bottles. In working groups, they tried to find a solution to reduce waste quantity while also protecting their local environment.
As part of the anchoring of the program in the school curriculum, the students linked their knowledge of the different watering techniques and of the preservation of water resources, learned in natural sciences class, to create, in the garden of their school, an innovative drop by drop mechanism: using recycled bottles for watering.
The school being situated in a semi-desert region characterized by insufficient and irregular rain as well as climate instability, the students wanted to protect the biodiversity of their learning and living together space.
Having photographed the project, the students applied for the national photography competition of the program "Young Reporters for the Environment" (YRE) to which over 1,500 students participated.
The photograph was awarded the initiative prize alongside five other photographs illustrating other initiatives by middle school and high school students between the age of 11 and 21, aiming at reducing their ecological footprint.
The project held the attention of the national jury, appointed by the Foundation to select the best initiatives at the national level, because it touches all of the three dimensions of sustainable development in an integrated manner:
- Society: the methods taught by teachers to students in the context of a good resource management represent the basis of society and connect a young individual to these values trough listening and practice.
- Economy: anchoring these values in students’ learning has consequences in the medium term with the gradual adoption of an environmentally friendly behavior and in the long-term with a responsible consumption and a respect of non-renewable natural resources.
- Environment: the project in its entirety revolves around education for sustainable development, good resource management and the adoption of innovative and playful methods for respecting the environment.
About the program "Young Reporters for the Environment": The program Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) active in 30 countries subscribing to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), is led in Morocco by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environmental Protection in partnership with the Ministry of education; 20,000 high school and middle school students participated in the program, among which 174 national competition award-winning students and 21 international competition award-winning students. These students were accompanied by 8,000 supervisors.
For more information :
- Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection http://www.fm6e.org/en/homepage.html
- Young Reporters for the Environment – Morocco www.jre.ma
- Foundation for Environmental Education http://www.fee.global/
- Young Reporters Programme http://www.fee.global/young-reporters/
Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection
Km 3.2 Route de Zaers Avenue Mohammed VI,
Rue El Madani Ibn Houssaini
Rabat B.P 5679