Eco Schools and WWF
The Eco Schools programme and educational partnership with WWF offer additional learning opportunities for our students to contribute to a better and more sustainable world.
In September 2020, the work of our Eco Council was "Highly Commended" for championing sustainability education and environmental awareness. Being shortlisted for this award is fantastic recognition of our school's commitment to creating a better and more sustainable future.
As a proud member of the Globeducate network, the 2020-2022 Globeducate agenda for schools creates opportunities for students and teachers to help address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Globeducate is the educational partner of WWF and this partnership aims to make sustainability education an intrinsic part of life in and beyond all Globeducate schools.
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.
"Eco Schools 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