In September 2019 Little Gems started its journey to becoming an Eco-School. Eco-Schools is a growing institution that encourages young people to engage in their environment as part of their curriculum by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom, it expands to the school and eventually fosters change in the community at large.

 

Empowered Youth

Eco-Schools is an empowering program where young people are given a voice in the sustainable and environmental management and policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification. After three consecutive years, the prestige from this hard work comes with being awarded a Green Flag, a symbol of persistence, awareness and thoughtful restructuring. The Eco-Schools Programme is an ideal opportunity for educational settings to embark on a meaningful path towards contributing to the environment and rewiring the mindsets of the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, school staff and local authorities.

How do we do this?

We create and follow an Action Plan through an appointed Eco Committee of children and adults.

The action plan is based on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. 

Goals & Actions Plans:

2019/20: #12 – Responsible Production and Consumption.

March 12, 2020

As we continue our biodiversity project, Goal 13 – Climate Action and Goal 15 - Life on land, we move our forest school day to the Larnaca Salt Lake where we aim to explore the varieties of flora and fauna that can be found there, specifically birds. After looking more...

March 5, 2020

After exploring our nearby flower shop and discovering where all the trees, plants
and flowers come from we decided to look into an alternative way of growing vegetables! In March, we researched several farming methods and the benefits and problems that each bring, we...

March 3, 2020

This project is a combination of Goal 13 – Climate Action and Goal 15 - Life on land. As an all living
loving school, Biodiversity is always an ongoing subject. Despite showing the interest in noticing all the different creatures we find around our school, we decided t...

February 18, 2020

Little Gems enlists the help of a parent to demonstrate how we can cook sustainably. The aim of this project is to involve the children in a fun baking activity using only locally sourced and organically grown produce while using minimum energy. With much enthusiasm an...

February 6, 2020

As our goal focuses not only on what we consume but also on what we produce, we decided that
starting with growing a lemon tree, some vegetables as well as some herbs was a good way to
monitor our consumption. We prepared our garden for planting by clearing out the wee...

January 30, 2020

A big part of our goal this year it so find out where things come from, how they are made and how
much do we really need to use in order to fulfil our survival needs. As part of our ongoing project
(Goal 12 – Sustainable consumption and production) we visited our nearb...

January 14, 2020

A huge factor in our weekly set-up is that Little Gems makes a weekly shop of groceries and general supplies to provide for the children and adults within it each day. Making this weekly shop requires fuel, bags and time: all of which could be incorporated into our cur...

January 10, 2020

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

- Dr. Seuss

Our Little Gems organise to visit some local libraries -- Little Gems Nicosia pay a visit to the children’s library at Pascal Primary School; Little...

December 30, 2019

Instead of having an end of year concert where the children perform festive songs or prose, for the past five years we have been making a mini-movie of the children instead. In previous years we have chosen themes or stories that the children represent either from thei...

December 19, 2019

Goal #12 -- Responsible Consumption and Production – Reducing Waste.

As a global population, several of us are over-consuming more than is actually needed to cover our basic needs. Every year around the world there are several cultural festive holidays or events that en...

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