TWO Limerick schools have rolled out the red carpet for a delegation of academics from Egypt who are looking to apply the lessons of Ireland’s green schools programme in their homeland.
The group first enjoyed the hospitality of Scoil Chriost Ri in Caherdavin, which has already got three green flags for its work in reducing litter and in energy and water conservation,
“We are working towards a fourth green flag in travel,” said deputy principal Ian Graham “where the intention would be to reduce the number of children in the local area being driven to school and encouraging more to walk.”
“It was great a morning. They were very nice people, most of them academics in third level institutions. They were very interested to meet the kids and hear what they were doing through green schools. They don’t have an equivalent in Egypt so I think they found it very enjoyable.”
While here, the visitors also enjoyed some home-baking with scones sent up from the community centre in Ballynanty.
After the visit to Caherdavin, the Egyptian group headed for St Munchin’s College, which is working toward its first green flag.
‘We have received tremendous support from our school community. Litter and waste can be a huge problem in secondary schools and our green team has done a great job in turning this around,” said St Munchin’s principal David Quilter.
On their visit, the Egyptian educationalists were specifically taken to schools involved at various stages of green schools. It was facilitated by Dr Orla McCormack at the department of education and professional studies at the University of Limerick. With funding available through the EU TEMPUS programme, it is hoped to replicate the environmental wins on Shannonside on the banks of the Nile.