Continual environmental education programs at schools

Project information

Index: 1294R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location PORTUGAL CONTINENTE Lisbon Lisboa Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1993

Topic of the practice

Environmental education, environmental awareness, recycling, waste prevention, schools

Good Practice Information

The Municipality of Lisbon promotes 2 environmental education programs designed for different age groups (kindergartens to secondary), covering 200 schools, 50000 pupils, teachers & auxiliary staff. The goal is to promote values that lead to the adoption of eco-friendly, sustainable behaviours and to increase environmental awareness by explaining sorting guidelines and the importance of recycling.
Stakeholders: municipality, pupils (+family), teachers and auxiliary staff.
Financial resources: the general municipal budget covers operational costs (15 full-time professionals, 2 designers)
Key success factors: involvement of teachers & municipal professionals, continuity, attractive & adequate sensitization materials for each target age group, participant feedback and yearly improvements.

Evidence of success

Several international experts have congratulated these continual environmental programs and mentioned their systematic approach and the attractive pedagogical materials produced by the municipality.
Additionally, annual evaluations by teachers and older students classified these programs as “Very Good” and “Good”, considering them very important initiatives, and indicating they should continue.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Carla Tamagnini

Municipality of Lisbon

Annex completed on: 08-28-2014

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