Report shows importance of educating children about the environment

Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate, Stanley Goudie, has commented that local schools are playing a major role in helping children become environmentally aware.

The comment follows a report on education for sustainable development in schools, which evaluated over 80 primary, post-primary and special schools, and has highlighted the key role that educating children about the environment plays in the local curriculum.

Goudie announced that some schools have installed wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies to highlight how we do not have to rely totally on fossil fuels.

Goudie said: "We have found that schools in all sectors here are nurturing a strong culture of environmental consideration amongst our children."

"This is not only helping them contribute to energy and resource conservation, but is also assisting children in other ways by developing their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills through the use of real life examples that they can relate to."

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