Over 68 schools in Co. Donegal participated in the Green-Schools water theme which involved over 11,480 students and 662 teachers in 2017.
The water theme encourages primary and secondary school children to develop their awareness of water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and homes.
Following the drought of summer 2018, Irish Water was delighted to once again sponsor the An Taisce Green-Schools water theme for the sixth year running.
School children across Ireland saved over 389 million litres of water last year, the equivalent of over 450 million cups of coffee, due to their participation in the Green-Schools programme.
To date over 2,300 schools have been awarded the water flag since the beginning of the Green-Schools programme and there are currently 575 schools, with every county represented, working on this important theme.
Speaking about the launch of this year’s campaign, Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Green-Schools water award.
“This year’s ‘conserve water’ theme is an extremely important message following our own national campaign this summer urging people to conserve water in every way possible as the drought had a severe impact on our raw water reserves.
“We are also looking forward to being co-sponsors of the 25th Anniversary International Eco-Schools Conference in November in Cork. This fantastic conference which is being hosted by An Taisce Green-Schools will have over 100 delegates from 70 countries in attendance.”
The Green-Schools water programme has an exciting academic year lined up with a series of Water Forums, Walk for Water events, Water Ambassador Support Sessions, a poster competition and a prestigious awards ceremony which will announce the Water Schools of the Year.
Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, added: “This partnership with Irish Water has seen the level of support for schools working on the water theme increase dramatically over the years, with a particular highlight being the student ambassador programme.
“We are so inspired by the work done each year on the water theme by teachers, caretakers and students all over the country and I’m looking forward to another fantastic year ahead.”Tags: