Unesco Green Citizens

Schools’ Environment Programme

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Project begin: 22/11/2011

In partnership with local schools, the Jamaica Environment Trust delivers environmental education with a direct impact on the local community.

Leading organisation: Jamaica Environment Trust
The country where the team is based: Jamaica
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Ocean
Sub-themes: Climate change, Environment, Forests and desertification, Sustainable lifestyles, Waste management
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2020/2021
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Founded in 1991 by a group of Jamaican citizens, The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) decided to launch a dedicated environmental education programme. For nearly 20 years now, “jetters” have been building and expanding the Schools’ Environmental Programme in Jamaica.

A practical hands-on programme

Since being implemented in 350 Jamaican schools, the pioneering yet extremely pragmatic programme has benefited 400,000 students and 700 teachers. Participating institutions adopt a whole-school approach to carry out campus-based activities in 4 main areas: managing waste, vegetating school land, establishing environmental clubs and conducting environmental research. The secret to its success? A project format based on action plans targeting local communities through schools. Each year, an annual prize ceremony celebrates schools’ achievements.

Reaching out to the community through schools

Integrated in the school curriculum, the programme helps raise awareness about environmental issues and positive behaviours like recycling among students. And, indirectly, their families and the entire local community.

To organise new projects and adapt their teaching methods, JET is always looking for new donors, sponsors and partners. Would you like to be one of them?


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