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Youth, Clubs and Development Support Person 

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New: Green Connections-Now Enrolling 

shutterstockOur new, free, outdoor programme for young people; Green Connections launches this month and we are now enrolling participants to the programme. Through Green Connections participants will meet new people, improve their self esteem and well being, take in the fresh air and overall, have fun! While the programme takes place
outdoors in Dublin's parks and green spaces, there will also be an opportunity for participants to get more involved with their communities through eco-action projects. This is a free programme and spaces are filling quickly so interested parties are encouraged to book their places today. For more information or to sign up, please contact Gareth on 01-6625491 or email 

ECO-UNESCO Attends Discover to Inspire Conference  

The ‘Discover2Inspire: Youth for Sustainable Living Conference’ took place in Dundee from the 3-8 of April and ECO-UNESCO was invited to present our work on sustainability to the conference goers. National Director Elaine Nevin was invited by the conference organisers; University of Dundee and the United Nations Association Scotland – Dundee Branch to highlight how our innovative environmental youth programmes have made us a leader in youth engagement and empowerment programmes here in Ireland, in particular our Youth for Sustainable Development programme. Over 100 young people from across Europe attended the conference to apply their knowledge, skills and experience. The young people’s aim was to identify how their peers can be actively involved in changing people’s behaviour to promote and ensure sustainability.

Young Environmentalist Awards ECO-Dens 

IMG_0418Our ECO-Dens took place throughout the month of March in each of the four provinces with over 100 shortlisted groups showing the judges what they were made of. The projects presented were truly inspiring and really highlighted the amazing eco-action projects that young people throughout Ireland are involved with. It was certainly a tough job for the judges who have to put through just 70 of the groups to the National Showcase and Awards Ceremony next month, on May 20th at the Mansion House in Dublin. Winners will be announced following the Easter Holidays and our ever popular People’s Choice poll will go live shortly afterwards! Our thanks as always to all of our judges and for the generous support of the County and Borough Councils who supported the Dens. This includes: Clare County Council, Cookstown District Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council,Craigavon Borough Council, Donegal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, Galway City Council, Kildare County Council, Limerick City Council, Longford County Council, Mayo County Council, Monaghan County Council and Waterford County Council

ECO-UNESCO's UE4SD Survey Now Underway
UE4SD North Regional Meeting in Cheltenham Feb 2014

 UE4SD (University Educators for Sustainable Development) funded by the European Commission commenced in October 2013 and involves 55 partners in 33 countries over a three year duration.  ECO-UNESCO is a partner in this project which is seeking to re-orient higher education curriculum, particularly at third level in order to incorporate sustainable development into third level institutions. In particular the project focuses on support for educators, to enable them to prepare students, regardless of their courses or specialisation, to understand and apply their professional and global responsibilities in sustainability. The project includes plans for university staff to develop professional competences and the academic leadership capabilities linked to Education for Sustainable Development. ECO-UNESCO is currently issuing surveys to all third level institutions regarding the UE4SD programme and encourages all third level trainers to get involved with the programme. For more information please contact or visit 
Green Pathways Market Place Event 
On April 16th we have a very special event happening in the Greenhouse as we host a Green Pathways Market Place event for our Green Pathways participants. The Market Place will feature a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and business people, a keynote address from Joan Burton TD-Minister for Social Protection, and a networking session, allowing our Green Pathways participants the opportunity to showcase the skills learned during their time on the programme and to highlight their own Green Pathways journey. The Market Place event will be followed by an awards ceremony where the Green Pathways students, along with a number of other individuals who participated in our FETAC accredited courses, will be awarded their certificates. Congratulations to all our graduating students and we look forward to seeing you on the day! 

ECO-UNESCO's Young People on Ugandan Trip 

DSC_7824On April 5th, Emmett Farrell and Thomas Maguire, both participants in ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development programme flew with ECO-UNESCO’s YSD Development Coordinator, Feidhlim O’Seasnain to Uganda. Emmett and Thomas were part of the Youth for Sustainable Development group which produced a film on food security. The film went on to scoop the top prize in Concern’s Food Right Now video campaign and thus the prize of visiting Uganda to view Concern’s projects on the ground. The trio, along with young people from other European countries, will travel to the North of Uganda to an area called Amuri, where they will visit local sustainable farming cooperatives, grain and seed stores, local villages including a school visit in Soroti. The group will also spend a day and night in the Murchison Falls National Park before returning to Kampala fro their last day and a debriefing session on all their experiences.  They return to Ireland on the 15th and we cannot wait to hear about about their travels and new experiences! In the meantime, view their award winning film here

ECO-UNESCO Training Courses 

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

Date:  10 April 

Time: 10.00-16.00

Drug Prevention Training for Trainers 

This short course explores an alternative approach to drug misuse prevention using environmental education as a resource for positive personal development of young people.

Date: 14 April   

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: 15 April   

Time: 10.00-16.00

Environmental Education: Programme Developments and 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: 18 April   

Time: 10.00-16.00

Youth Work & Sustainability Training

In this short course participants learn about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) methods along with practical activities to integrate ESD into youth work.

Date: 1-5 July   

Time: 10.00-16.00

Training Week for Teachers and Leaders 

ECO-Watchers training for teachers and leaders provide participants with the skills and expertise to encourage critical thinking in young people as they investigate practical solutions to environmental challenges.

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.

TCP_0883Volunteer with ECO-UNESCO!

Our flagship event of the year, the Young Environmentalist Awards takes place on May 20th in the Mansion House. This is a hugely fun and exciting day packed with VIPs, performances and not to forget the all important young people who will showcase their projects to over 500 people! We are now recruitiing for enthuaistic and energetic volunteers in a number of areas including; design, photography, vidoegraphy, arts and crafts, event managment, catering, administration, to name but a few! So come along and volunteer with us during Ireland's biggest celebration of youth eco-action, have great fun and meet new friends! For more information contact 



Director's Corner

Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO,

We have a lot to look forward to this month here in ECO-UNESCO! We’ve had a great March attending our five Young Environmentalist Awards ECO-Dens which took place throughout the country last month. Judging at each of the ECO-Dens was a fantastic experience. I met so many inspiring and determined young environmentalists who have made fantastic contributions to the local environment. I look forward to meeting many more of you again at our Showcase and Awards Ceremony next month. My thanks to all of our expert judging panel who gave their time and experience to the ECO-Dens, and also to all of the Councils and Borough Councils who supported the events around the island of Ireland.
April sees the launch of our Green Connections programme. This programme, which is supported by the NYCI Connected Communities initiative, is an outdoor programme for young people, allowing them to improve their self-esteem and wellbeing and takes place in outdoor spaces in Dublin. This is a free programme and anybody who is interested in signing up is encouraged to do so promptly as places are filling up.

Keeping with young people, two of our Peer Educators, Emmett Farrell and Thomas Maguire, both participants in ECO-UNESCO’s ‘Youth for Sustainable Development – Global Youth Leaders for Change’ programme, are currently on a trip to Uganda following their participating in producing an award winning film on food security which won them a prize to the African continent in Concern’s Food Right Now video campaign.  We are sure that the learning experience that they are currently undertaking will stay with them for life. We are greatly looking forward to their safe return home and to hearing all about their time visiting Concern’s projects on the ground!
On April 16th we will host our Green Pathways Market Place event here in the Greenhouse. We are really looking forward to the event and it will be a fantastic opportunity for our young participants, many of whom have gone on to secure employment or a place with further and higher education institutes, to share their Green Pathways story, network and meet with employers. I would like to congratulate each of the participants on Green Pathways who will graduate from the programme on this day and look forward to hearing about their success and progress over the next few months.
I had the pleasure of attending the Discover2Inspire: Youth for Sustainable Living Conference in Dundee on the 4th of April. It was fantastic to present to the attendees ECO-UNESCO’s work on sustainability and our youth programmes and to share our experience of sustainability and youth work here in Ireland. It was a great opportunity to hear the ideas of young people from around Europe as to how their peers can be actively involved in changing people’s behaviour to promote and ensure sustainability. My thanks to the organisers for the invitation and I am sure that some very positive outcomes will be derived from the event.
Remaining on the topic of sustainability ECO-UNESCO is one of 55 partners Europe-wide involved in the UE4SD programme. The programme is focused on third level institutions, in providing support for educators, to enable them to prepare students, regardless of their courses or specialisation, to understand and apply their professional and global responsibilities in sustainability. We are currently in the process of issuing surveys to third level institutions and would be grateful for any feedback from those of you involved in third level education.
So a lot of activity going on at the Greenhouse over the next few week and we hope you can support us and get involved where possible.

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.

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