Three eco-schools of Almeria have been awarded by the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Andalucía. This is the CEIP Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Guazamara (Cuevas del Almanzora); CEIP San Indalecio, in La Cañada de San Urbano (Almería) and CEIP Miguel Zubeldia (Pannier)
A total of 18 Andalusian educational centers have received the Green Flag Eco-schools for their commitment to the environment. The Minister of Education, Adelaida de la Calle, has presented the awards at an event held at the Teatro Central in Seville
Speaking, the head of Education congratulated the teachers and students of these centers for the work done for the conservation of the environment and for being an example of good practices. So, the counselor has indicated that this initiative aims to promote respect for the environment in the life of schools, also involving the municipality, in addition to creating a network of educational centers where exchanges and cooperation are favored.
Of the total figure, ten have renewed this badge and eight have achieved it for the first time. These, three are located in the province of Huelva, two in Almería, two in Córdoba and one in Granada.
The Andalusian Eco-Schools Network is one of the activities of the ALDEA Environmental Education Program, developed by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning. Specifically, It is a European-wide program coordinated by the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and developed in Spain by ADEAC (Association for Environmental and Consumer Education, FEE member).
In this sense, and in recognition of those centers that achieve certain levels of improvement and commitment, the Eco-schools program contemplates the concession for a period of three years of the Green Flag, a distinction that, with the program logo, identifies those schools and institutes that are a model of environmental coherence.
This initiative also aims to promote the development of education in democratic values, make the educational center a project susceptible to changes and improvements, both ecologically and socially, promote the exchange of experiences; as well as promoting mutual cooperation between the educational center and its immediate surroundings.
The Andalusian Eco-Schools Network is part of an international network that spans 59 countries and in which more than 49.000 centers around the world. In Spain there are 556 centers, of which almost the 60% is in Andalusia with the participation of more than 96.200 students and almost 8.300 teachers
The territorial delegate of Education in Almería, Franscisca Fernández, has congratulated the educational communities of the 3 award-winning eco-schools, the CEIP Our Lady of the Rosary in Guazamara (Cuevas del Almanzora); San Indalecio, in La Cañada de San urban (Almería) and Miguel Zubeldia (Pannier) and has shown his satisfaction because his excellent work in the field of Environmental Education has been recognized.