|Ecole Propre/Ecole Verte|
Ecole Propre/Ecole Verte is an environmental education programme, which was created in 1992, as a pilot project, in four primary schools in Conakry, Guinea. Today, the project has taken root in 92 schools with 20,000 students participating. Its objectives are to: encourage schools to play an active role in promoting hygiene and environmental protection; to get students to spread the environmental message in their schools, families, neighbourhoods and villages; and to encourage parents and the community to take action.
Through their ecological clubs, the students ensure that the classrooms, latrines and yard are clean, and that flowerbeds are well managed. They control the sale of food around the school, and educate the community using plays, films, debates, radio and TV programmes and competitions. They publish a bulletin which is distributed to 25,000 subscribers regionally, nationally and internationally, and the content, including articles, cartoons, word and visual games, all dealing wit h the betterment of the environment, are produced by the students.
This programme has elicited great interest from a number of organizations, including the Canadian Study and International Cooperation Centre, which manifest their support by giving financial aid. Regular awareness campaigns and practical demonstrations are also held by the students. The success of this programme is evidenced by the concrete actions, which have been undertaken by parents and students alike. Under the banner Ecole/Quartier, the project has expanded to include other districts and villages.