The aim of the EkoSkola Community Outreach committee is to advocate for real change first within the Senior School and then implement learned good practices to reach communities outside. The focus for this year was on the reduction of waste as part of the #litterless campaign. In fact, apart from activities which were held regularly within the Senior School itself, the committee reached out to the Junior School and the business community in Malta.
Another activity from the Outreach Committee in the last couple of months was participation in the YRE project competition. Following a briefing on the YRE project by Ms. Sarah Vassallo, the positives of this YRE project was that students from Form 1 to Form 4 worked together to research for the entries and exchanged ideas on how to improve their work. After the school closure in March, the committee continued to meet remotely every week to keep up the pace and to successfully submit 5 entries for the YRE project in time. The entries were 3 write ups on Fast Fashion, Food Waste in Hospitality and Food Waste in Homes, a poster showing food waste and how this can be avoided in the Ninu l-Bninu Scheme for fruit and vegetables in schools and a power point presentation on sustainable transport with the support of the Bicycle Advocacy Group.
The work that all the committees under EkoSkola has been recognized and we can proudly fly the Green Flag for a further 2 years as a result our successful Green Flag evaluation held last month. We are happy that many of the initiatives of the Community Outreach Group were flagged as innovative during this evaluation process. We are now looking forward to taking a break and starting off again in September with new ideas while building on the experiences of this past scholastic year. There is a lot more to do for our environment and our communities. We hope to continue to move forward together, small steps at a time.