1. What are Eco-Schools?
Eco-schools are part of a global programme engaging millions of children across 67 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world. WWF-Thailand has been the Eco-Schools National Operator for Thailand since 2016. At HHIS we are proud to be one of the newest schools to register at this very exciting program.
2. What is our aim at HHIS?
The aim of the Eco Team this year is to attain Eco-School status and to involve all students and the school community alike into becoming more environmentally aware and eco-friendly!
3.How does the Eco award work?
The Eco-School programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, health and well-being, school grounds, transportation, climate change, waste management and water resources. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award.
4. Who is involved?
The programme is pupil-led and encourages whole school involvement. It also encourages closer links between schools and their communities. It offers many benefits for individual pupils, developing their knowledge and skills and improving their well-being.
5. What have we achieved so far at HHIS?
- We have hosted a visit with the local Trash Heroes representatives and we have visited one of their current projects at Riad Hotel in Hua Hin where we have learned about how food compost bins work. This link has led to the Y7 maths and sciences students designing and managing a project to build our own compost bins at school, to reuse food waste and green cuttings into organic compost for our gardens.
- Y10 Global perspective students are also working on food reduction methods. They are currently involved in the research and analysis of current food waste in the school canteen and looking into alternative ways to reduce our food waste at school.
- The Eco Team members together with Human Resources team at school have managed to buy new recycled cardboard bins for every classroom in school. They designed the plastic and paper waste labels, and after assembling the bin boxes, we are happy to say, all waste in classrooms are now been separated and ready to be collected by the local recycling plant in Hua Hin.
6. What are the next steps?
- Y12 Eco Team students have been very busy designing and researching how to build our very own Aquaponics garden, together with the support of the wider community. The project has now been approved, and we are hoping to start building the garden as soon as we are back to school. This project will encourage the growth of our own vegetables in a green manner.
- Y8 students have been involved in the design of raised garden beds, which looks at combining the growth of vegetables, flowers and herbs organically at school. Once their research and choice of design is completed, they will be actively building a garden at school.
- Primary students are focusing on a Green curriculum this second term and we will be sharing all their activities with you soon in our dedicated Eco Team section.
- Students are encouraged to use the mobile app ‘Task.io’. This is a collaborative project to encourage everyone to complete tasks that meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We look forward to hearing your ideas and contribute to this wonderful project!
Thankyou from the Eco Team and all Eco students at HHIS.