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ECO-Explorers Summer Camp-Limited Places Remaining  

IMG_0675Our kids' summer camps are up and running now and have once more proved hugely popular with almost every week of the camps now full. With bug hunts, creative arts and crafts activities, nature games and trips to Dublin city's parks, we are sure that this summer's ECO-Explorers will have a brilliant time and we look forward to seeing you all in the Greenhouse over the next few weeks! We have some limited availability on some of the weeks, click here for more details.    

ECO-UNESCO Welcomes Government’s ESD Strategy 2014-2020

We greatly welcome the recent publication by the Department of Education and Skills of the ‘National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development, 2014-2020’. This is Ireland’s first such strategy in relation to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and aims to ensure that learners are equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills, values and dispositions to become informed citizens acting for a more sustainable future. ECO-UNESCO has been advocating for the development of a National Strategy on ESD since 2005 and we are delighted that now, towards the end of the UN Decade for Sustainable Development (2004-2015), the Irish government has published its own 6-year strategy. ECO-UNESCO was a key stakeholder that informed this Strategy. The Strategy was informed in part by previous work undertaken in this field in 2007 by the Department of Education and Skills, work which was supported by ECO-UNESCO.

Our programmes such as the Young Environmentalist Awards, Green Pathways and Learning2Change Our World are highlighted in the Strategy as positive examples of successful and results focused ESD programmes already in operation. These initiatives are having a positive and real impact on developing the knowledge, skills and values for a sustainable world and particularly complements various recommendations in the strategy including Recommendation 30 which recommends ‘strengthening the role of young people as change agents for sustainable development’. 
We greatly look forward to working with Department of Education and Skills on the implementation of this strategy. 

ECO-Teen Summer Camp

group teen campOur ECO-Teen Summer Camp for 13-16 year olds went down a treat with all of the participants in the last week week of June. The action packed week for green teens had activities focused on learning about the natural heritage of various habitats close to Dublin’s city centre. Day-trips and hikes along with classroom workshops and creative activities on biodiversity all formed part of the week. We're already looking forward to next year! 

ECO-UNESCO's YSD and Barefeet Street Theater Parade 

20140703_213923Young people from ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development Global Youth Leaders for Change programme took part in Barefeet Theatre’s 2014 Ireland Tour on July 3. Approximately 30 young people from the group participated in a parade in Dublin city centre which went from ECO-UNESCO’s The Greenhouse on Andrew Street to Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar. The parade was a colourful spectacle of music, dancing and acrobatics with the Barefeet group stopping off at various locations to provide special performances for the delighted onlookers.ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development ‘Green Revolution’ group, along with participating in the parade, also raised awareness of environmental issues amongst the general public.When the parade reached Smock Alley, the Youth for Sustainable Development participants along with other young people performed a short five minute play called ‘Earth’ before the Barefeet Theatre group performed their own production ‘Float’.Click here to see all of the photos from the day. 
International Youth Day 
From 12 June until International Youth Day on 12 August, the United Nations is running a campaign to draw awareness to the importance of reducing stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions. It is intended that stigma and discrimination will be tackled as part of this campaign. Our Green Connections programme which we ran recently with a number of young people in Dublin showed how important it is to look after your mental health and how the outdoors can be used in a positive way to improve their self esteem and well being. People can get involved and help promote the campaign by by going to the International Youth Day event page:
ECO-UNESCO Training Courses 

Want us to deliver as outreach to your organisation? Just contact us on 01 662 5491 to arrange!

ECO-UNESCO's Short Courses
Click each course title for more information

Date: 22 August    

Time: 10.00-16.00

Environmental Education: Trends and Developments 

This short course introduces the concept of environmental education, what it is and how you can incorporate it into your work using activities developed by ECO-UNESCO

Date: 23 August    

Time: 10.00-16.00

Environmental Education: Programme Development & Curriculum Links 

This short course explores ways to plan, develop and integrate environmental education methodologies within different curriculum frameworks and/or in alignment with specific learning outcomes

Date: 20 September    

Time: 10.00-16.00

ECO-Sustainability Award Training 

This short course provides a practical approach on how organisations can become more sustainable and introduces groups to the ECO-Sustainability Award Programme.

Date: 18 October     

Time: 10.00-16.00

ECO-Community Development 

This short course provides a practical and interactive introduction to ECO-Community Gardens

Date: 15 November     

Time: 10.00-16.00

ECO-Community Development 

This training course focuses on how to take leadership in planning for Sustainable Development. The programme is of particular relevance to those wishing to build and take strategic actions on a personal, organisational, business and/or community level toward Sustainable Development.

Short Training Course Fees 

€70: ECO-UNESCO members, students, unwaged, young people under 25 

€80: Voluntary and community sector

€90: Statutory 

Special Offer: Book Environmental Education Course 1+2 and get a 10% discount

Are you a job-seeker?
Funding options are available - contact us for details. (Unemployed people registered with FÁS may be eligible for a Technical Employment Support Grant for this course)

3. Connaught ECO-Den 2012 - St Brigids Loughrea - Green Diversity (5)ECO-UNESCO Clubs
Do you want to set up your own environmental club and become part of our ECO-UNESCO Clubs programme. If you want to start a Club in your school, youth group or local community, then get in touch with us and we’ll help provide you with the support and resources you need to make your Club a success. Just contact or phone us on 01 662 5491 to find out more.


Director's Corner

Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO,

Summer is in full swing here at the Greenhouse with our first week of our ECO-Explorers camps now complete. We are delighted that the camps have proved to be so popular and we look forward to sharing with all of the children what they can do to help protect the environment, while having a lot of fun at the same time! 

Earlier this month the Department of Education and Skills of the ‘National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development, 2014-2020’. ECO-UNESCO has been advocating for the development of a National Strategy on ESD since 2005 and I am delighted to see that the now, towards the end of the UN Decade for Sustainable Development (2004-2015), the Irish government has published its own 6-year strategy. ECO-UNESCO was a key stakeholder that informed this report and I am greatly looking forward to the implementation of this strategy and to working with the government on its aims. 

It has also been a busy time for the teen members of ECO-UNESCO. Our teen camp took place at the end of June with some very green teens having a really fun time with our workshops and outdoor nature excursions and we look forward to welcoming even more young people to the camp next year.

The young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change programme also had a busy start to the summer as they participated in Barefeet Theatre’s Ireland Tour parade and play on July 3rd in Dublin city centre. It was a great occasion enjoyed by all and well done to all of the young people from ECO-UNESCO who took part in it. 

Until next month, be sure to keep up to date with all our news and events on Twitter, Facebook and our website

Elaine Nevin,

National Director ECO-UNESCO



ECO-UNESCO is Ireland's environmental education and youth organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA). ECO-UNESCO is part-funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs' Youth Service Grant Scheme with the support from the National Lottery fund. For more information email ECO-UNESCO.

ECO-UNESCO is a registered charity (No. CHY 7225)

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