Eco-school winners receive prizes


Guests viewing an exhibition of the winning schools’ work

The most environmentally friendly primary and secondary schools were rewarded in the presence of the Minister for Education Macsuzy Mondon, Minister for Environment and Energy Professor Rolph Payet, chief executive of the Seychelles Island Foundation Dr Frauke Fleischer-Dogley, among other guests.

The eco-school competition, which is divided in three categories – crèche, primary and secondary – is organised each year to reward schools that have made an effort to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

The award system for this year considered the effort of all schools and rewarded them accordingly instead of selecting the top three schools in each category.

All eco schools excluding crèche were placed on a level system from one to three depending on the number of scores they got for taking part in national environmental education activities or contests, presentation and content of their eco-school portfolio and school visits carried out by the judges.

In the crèche category, only Anse Boileau and Anse Etoile took part in the competition.
The prize for the special mention went to Anse Boileau crèche. They won a certificate and R300 cash prize.

Anse Etoile crèche was the winner for this category. They received a certificate and R500 for best effort.

Nineteen primary schools and seven secondary schools received certificates for being on level one.

The primary schools which were placed on level one are Anse Aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, Bel Eau, Baie Ste Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Grand Anse Praslin, La Misère, La Rosière, La Digue, Plaisance, Pointe Larue, Port Glaud, Silhouette, Takamaka and School for the Exceptional Child.

The seven secondary schools who received certificates for being on level one are Anse Boileau, Anse Royale, Belonie, English River, La Digue, Mont Fleuri and Plaisance.

For level two, Grand Anse, La Retraite, Mont Fleuri and Anse Etoile primary schools each won a certificate, a yellow flag and a cash prize.

Praslin, Beau Vallon and Pointe Larue secondary schools also won the same prizes in this category.

Prizes were also given to the most outstanding primary and secondary schools. Those went to Anse Etoile primary and Beau Vallon secondary who each clinched a coco-de-mer trophy and a cash prize in this category.

Mont Fleuri primary won a prize from the British high commission for the school which has made an effort to integrate environmental education within the curriculum.

This year there was also a special category to reward schools for their effort in conserving energy and water and for managing solid waste, but unfortunately no school met the judges’ set of criteria.

Addressing those present, education principal secretary Merida Delcy said there is still more to be done to improve the formal education system so that future generations could live in a sustainable manner.

“More interesting activities, projects and campaigns should be introduced to address national issues so that students could learn more about them through a conducive and fun learning atmosphere,” she said.

“This will surely help the students to reflect further on the causes of ecological instability and continue to become agents of change within the school, community and at home.”