The environmental education activities of Tallinn's educational institutions again received international recognition - one school and five kindergartens were awarded the Eco-School Green Flag label, which were presented by Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf this week.
The Eco-School program started in Estonia in 2016 and was initially implemented only in Tallinn, but from 2018 the program has spread across Estonia. The aim of the program is to create a systematic and holistic way of sustainable green thinking in a school or kindergarten.
"The foundation of beliefs that affect us throughout life is laid in childhood, so providing environmental education at an early age is very important. But sharing knowledge alone is not enough - we must also set an example for children in promoting environmental protection, biodiversity and health," said Kalle Klandorf. "It is gratifying to see that many of the city's schools and kindergartens have made it a priority to promote and implement green thinking. I hope that recognition at the international level will add to this. "
More than 140 educational institutions have already joined the Eco-School programme in Estonia, 76 of them from Tallinn. Successful participation in the program is evidenced by the Green Flag eco-label awarded to the educational institution. This year, six new Tallinn educational institutions were awarded the Green Flag. There are a total of 46 Green Flag Award holders in Tallinn.