Scotland's schools committed to installing and developing an awareness of a sustainable environment will receive £440,000 ($680,000) funding for 2015-16, the government announced Monday.
Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity reshaping Eco-Schools Scotland program around the needs of learners and schools, will use the funding to manage the program. The funding for 2015-16 is £40,000 ($62,000) more than last year, the press release shows.
The Eco-Schools program is the largest global sustainable schools program. Over 98 percent of Scottish schools currently participate in the program with 3,747 schools registered and with the involvement of 841,835 pupils, the press release shows.
“Protecting our natural environment is vital and, by taking part in this program, children can make a real difference from an early age," Fiona McLeod, the acting minister for children and young people, said.
"These are skills they can take with them through life so they can continue to be environmentally-friendly citizens," McLeod added.
“We welcome the reaffirmation of the Scottish government’s commitment to fund the Eco-Schools Scotland program – which provides the foundation for how schools and Early Learning and Childcare Centers engage with learning for sustainability, within curriculum for excellence - until March 2016," Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said.
By Zeynep Beyza Karabay