Students from four Donegal schools were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at an award ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Tuesday.
Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Scoil Naomh Padraig, St Davaddog’s NS and St Conal’s NS were awarded a Green Flag for Water at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards.
The Donegal schools are part of the 119 schools nationwide receiving the Green Flag for Water this year. The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home and is sponsored by Irish Water.
Green-Schools is an international environmental management education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment and is operating in 67 countries around the world.
Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.
Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”
This is the sixth year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation. Over 1,000 schools across the country have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013.