Programme objectives

Eco-Schools’ primary objective is to help schools to implement a gradual programme of (education for) sustainable development and in so doing, help students to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to address and tackle the challenges of the world around them.


More specifically, the programme aims to:


Promote situational, real-life and outdoor learning, to spur sustainable practices in and outside school


Encourage young people to play a proactive role in the society


Propose an inclusive method that brings the school community together around a common purpose


Improve the ecological footprint and the sustainability performance of the school

By instilling a sense of responsibility and empowering students, the programme seeks to contribute to developing a generation of self-confident, environmentally conscious “global citizens”. By learning how to act within their school today, these students become the leaders of tomorrow.


In addition, Eco-Schools delivers holistically on the four pillars of education: learning to know (including transversal thinking), learning to be (self-reflection and emotional competencies), learning to do and learning to live together. It supports students in the acquisition of so-called 21st century skills such as critical and systemic thinking, creativity, collaboration and responsibility.