Six Kilkenny secondary schools participated in the ECO UNESCO Green Teen training initiative organised and sponsored by Kilkenny Local Authorities on Thursday. The day included activities to develop the participants’ knowledge of litter and waste issues and to explore the social issues and personal values associated with waste and litter in a community.
The day was organised to provide support to schools who are actively participating in the Green Schools Programme. The aim of the workshop was to develop and enhance the students’ leadership skills to enable them to promote environmental issues within their school.
During the second half of the day school groups worked together to develop a specific environmental project with ECO-UNESCO offering assistance to tease out finer project details to enable such a project to get off the ground.
Kilkenny County Council environmental awareness officer Bernadette Moloney said she was thrilled at the level of participation during the day and was amazed at some of the comments made by students who showed an interest and more importantly an understanding of the current issues relating to litter and waste.
The Green Teens Anti-Litter Training day was a pilot initiative which is hoped to be repeated for other secondary schools who are interested or already participating in the Green School Programme which is supported locally by Kilkenny Local Authorities. Schools who participated were St Kieran’s College, Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny College, Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Coláiste Éamann Rís (Callan) and Castlecomer Community College.