"Green flag" is a straight translation for "Vihreä lippu". Internationally it is called "Eco-Schools".
The Eco-Schools Programme aims to raise students’ awareness of environmental and related sustainable development issues through classroom study together with school and community action, and provides an integrated system for environmental management of schools based on an ISO14001/EMAS approach.
As a process of facilitating sustainable development at a local level, pupils are encouraged to take an active role in practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of the school. Eco-Schools thus extends learning beyond the classroom and develops responsible attitudes and commitment both at home and wider in the community. The Eco-Schools Green Flag, awarded to schools with high achievement in their Programme, is a recognised and respected eco-label for environmental education and performance.
The Programme incorporates seven elements which schools at any level can adopt as a methodology. These elements have been designed to be the core of the Eco-Schools process, yet the structure is flexible enough to be adopted in any country, and at any level of schools’ previous environmental achievement. Pupil involvement throughout the process is an integral and essential factor. The participation of other stakeholders in the school and community in the decision-making process is an important step towards dialogue and cooperation, providing a good basis for citizenship education. This flexible system, with its pedagogic and practical elements, has made Eco-Schools a very successful programme with clear and tangible benefits to schools and communities, and of course to teachers and young people.
The programme is now being implemented in several countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. The number of Eco-Schools is growing, and at the moment there are more than 32 000 participating schools in 47 countries. Eco-Schools programme may be known by different names in different countries, though they share the same methodology and concept, and are identified by the Eco-Schools logo and Green Flag.
Support and Communication
A number of activities, events and materials are available to support young people in their work, and training for teachers and others, both at the national level for country and region-specific support, and at the international level. National programmes count on Partnerships with Institutes, Organisations, Public Entities and Corporate sponsors to provide appropriate support to participating schools.
In Finland, the program is run under the name Vihreä lippu (Green Flag) by the Association for Environmental Education in Finland. The program is available for finnish kindergartens, schools and trade schools. Since the initiation of the program in 1998, the number of participants has risen from six to over 200, reaching more than 65 000 children, youth and grown-ups. The program is based on the international principles and criteria, but the implementation and the materials have been specifically developed to apply to our schools system and culture.
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