Date: 09/04/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Thinking green was the order of the day for Medway’s school pupils when they attended an eco-schools conference on 1 April. Organised by the Medway Youth Parliament (MYP), more than 100 young people from 14 secondary schools attended the event at the Corn Exchange, Rochester to debate the topical issue. Interactive workshops provided pupils with advice and support to make the award more achievable. Presentations were given by pupils from Thomas Aveling School, Rochester and Silverbank Park, Chatham explaining what they have achieved so far; schools were encouraged to explore Fairtrade options for staff rooms and catering and to take a look at the Marine Conservation Society's Don't Let Go campaign to see an end to balloon releases. The event was hosted by chairman of the MYP Environment and Global Issues Sub-committee Matthew Tutt. The 17-year-old also starred in the second installment of Eco-Man films, made by the MYP especially for the conference. MYP hope to encourage every secondary school in Medway to achieve eco-school status. A bronze eco-schools award can be achieved by improving a schools' approach to recycling, reducing energy and water use, healthy eating and creating eco-friendly school grounds. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services Cllr Les Wicks said: "It's good to see so many young people taking an active interest in recycling and learning about the importance of it and how to live a greener life, both in school and at home." For more information contact the Youth Participation team on 01634 338748.