Eco-Schools Programme partners met and pledged a continued collaboration towards its further successful implementation

On 23rd September 2021 at Lemigo Hotel, ARCOS held a meeting with Eco-Schools’ partners. After the meeting, partners pledged a continued collaboration towards its further successful implementation.  

On 23rd September 2021 at Lemigo Hotel, ARCOS held a meeting with Eco-Schools’ partners. Since the year 2020, in partnership with the Danish Outdoor Council (DOC), ARCOS embarked on the Eco-School Programme implementation in Rwanda for a period of four (4) years (2020-2023). The purpose of the meeting was to gather partners including the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and partner schools to enhance mutual learning, experience sharing since they joined the programme and continued collaboration among stakeholders.

In his opening remarks, the Chair of the National Advisory Committee, Paul Nkundimana, recalled that Rwanda has recently adopted a Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), with the aim to develop a knowledge-based and market competent society in line with sustainable global development. He added that the Eco-Schools Programme main objective falls under this curriculum. “We are looking forward that the Eco-Schools Programme will therefore strengthen and support the existing national initiatives and commitments aiming to improving the quality of education as well as promoting education for sustainable development” mentioned Nkundimana.

Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, ARCOS Executive Director, shared to the attendant of the meeting key updates of the programme. He informed NAC and partner schools that the programme has reached a step of developing a teacher teaching manual to facilitate curriculum linkage. Sam recalled that towards this end, the programme shall require an inclusive participation of all key partners including but not limited to education and environment sectors in the development, validation and application of this manual.

Diane Uwimpaye, Eco-Schools Programme Coordinator, reiterated the importance of the participatory approach emphasizing on the role of all partners in creating synergy towards the implementation of the programme. She provided to participants highlights on main achievements towards enhancement of quality education and education for sustainable development that characterized the programme implementation since January, 2020she tackled among other achievements :Training of Trainers (ToT’s) on various aspects (Eco-Schools Methodology, Climate Change Adaptation Practices and Gender Based Violence. Partners were informed that the programme is developing the Eco-Schools Climate Change Strategy and that soon it will introduce a revolving fund which will help schools to implement their green micro-projects.

Mrs Diane Uwimpaye, presenting to partners key updates of the programme. Photo Credits: ARCOS Network

The meeting was marked by experience sharing and testimonies from schools partners regarding the first year implementation of the programme. Biziyaremye Boniface, Head Teacher at GS Kigamba stressed that even though the first year of implementation of the programme was challenging, they have managed to put into action environmental education, action-based learning and student-centred teaching methods from primary to secondary education. 

“The Eco-Schools Programme has helped also to adapt and mitigate climate change impacts through rainwater harvesting, tree planting and making kitchen gardens. In addition to that, the programme helped us to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic by building hand-washing stations, providing thermoflashes and hand sanitizers” said Mukantabana Dorothée, Head Teacher at GS. Murambo. She also emphasized that this collaboration with Eco-Schools is contributing much to the performance of her students.