Eco Schools and WWF
At Rome International School respect for the environment is a value that has increasingly become deeply embedded in school life. As a member of the Eco-Schools international network since 2016, the school is committed to sustainability education, raising awareness of important environmental themes that engage the entire learning community.
In December 2019, the school's Eco Council was extended to include students and staff in the Middle and High School. This extended group will help advance the school's missions as an Eco School and will work to raise environmental awareness of the Globeducate partnership with WWF.
These initiatives underwrite the UN Sustainable Development Goals and help to empower students to play their role in shaping the world.
What is the Eco Schools programme?
Eco Schools is the world's largest sustainable schools programme. It is dedicated to advancing environmental education, management, and certification in schools. The initiative's holistic approach and the combination of theory and action makes it a powerful tool to reduce the environmental impact of the school community and to spread good environmental practices among young people, families, local authorities and other representatives of civil society. At Rome International School, the Eco Schools programme is coordinated by Ms Francesca Braghetta.
How does the Eco Schools project work?
"It is a project that involves volunteers from the school community, from the Headteacher to students, staff and parents. The Eco Committee members are composed of a core group of students from the Elementary School and from the Middle and High School. In the Elementary School, the Committee meets once a month to discuss topics focused on environmental conservation and renewable resources.
The projects are all related to the curriculum and teachers - as well as the school itself - are asked to promote eco-friendly and sustainable policies. One of the Eco Committee's major projects was related to ensuring better recycling practices and reducing the use of single-use plastic. For example, last year the PTA organised a plastic free May Fair and we are pleased with how many students and staff are now coming to school with a reusable water bottle." - Ms Braghetta