Proposed at the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve Citizen Participation Council at the end of 2013 as approved and included in its Action Plan.
It arises from the need to divulge the environmental and cultural values of the Reserve, and reach the school communities (students, parents and teachers) and turn the school centres into an example of sustainability.
- To involve the education community in the project, promoting citizen participation and action.
- To spread and divulge the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve natural, ethnographic and cultural values.
- To raise the schoolchildren environment awareness, implementing sustainability strategies in their educational centres.
- To develop environmental good practices in water, waste and energy management.
- To exchange experiences and materials between the different centres.
- To assess and improve the carried out actions.
System of work:
Participation and coordination of the leading teams with the educational centres, faculties, and families.
The educational centres decide, within the themes and resources available, what activities to set in motion, what school groups will participate and when in the school plannig will take place.
1.- School Eco-audit
Inspection activities carried out by the students (‘green patrol') to diagnose problems and environmental conditions at the school and its surroundings. The issues to be audited are: energy consumption, water and waste management, school surroundings area and school mobility. With the outcome of the eco-audit an environment improvement plan will be designed, and students and the whole educational activity will actively participate.
2.- Recycling awareness workshops
Initial briefing on the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve and introductory workshop to recycling with handing out of selective recycling litter bins in every school.
Excursion to selected areas for collection of vegetal species by the schoolkids (after a previous explanation on sampling techniques and importance of accurate sampling). Drying process (explanation of the technique to apply, press, heat…) and labelling of the species.
4.- ‘Senses in nature' workshop
Excursions into the wild with primary school students to explore and collect small natural elements (leaves, fruits, feathers…), and classification according to texture, colour, shape, scent… besides feelings related (wind, sounds, temperature, etc).
5.- Botanical paths in reforested or embellished with native flora
Embellishment of areas close to centres or communal areas (such as courtyards, alleys…) and signage (as a botanical path) of the planted species labelled with name, botanical use and other information of interest.
Activity carried out in cooperation with the Canarian Botany Garden Viera y Clavijo and the Tafira Forestal Nursery of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.
6.- School gardens
Creation and reactivating of school gardens and invigorating of its activities.
7.- Experience exchange
Creation of an ‘Eco-schools network' for the experiences exchange between the educational centres involved as a driving force for the environmental education and the sustainable development within the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve territory, and later in the whole island.