The sustainable children’s clothing brand is supporting the Eco-Schools programme for another year by funding its online Eco-Coordinator Training Programme.
Frugi’s support will mean that training will be free for teachers and school or nursery staff in England. Last year saw Eco-Schools – managed by Keep Britain Tidy – presented training to over 500 applicants funded by Frugi, many of whom went on to receive their Green Flag Award.
With the application window for this academic year closing at the end of July, the current impact figures for schools in the UK show just how vital the programme has been. As of 3 June, £206,600 has been saved, 22,100 trees have been planted; 42,800 children took part in a litter pick, and 806,500 natural habitats have been created.
Once registered, schools gain access to Eco-Schools resources to help them meet the international seven step criteria. Across 71 countries worldwide, the programme gives pupils the freedom to decide on three of 10 Eco-School topics to work on and develop.
Frugi’s overall ambition is to help inspire a new generation to change the world, making Eco-Schools an ideal partner. As part of the ongoing initiative, Frugi has donated funding for 750 teachers and school staff to attend three immersive sessions.
Adam Flint, education manager at Keep Britain Tidy and national manager for Eco-Schools, commented: “They are passionate – keen to approach is with a proactive and positive determination. At the same time, the DfE’s new Schools and Sustainability strategy is prompting schools to cover these topics in the classroom.
“Eco-Schools helps teachers meet these needs with a comprehensive programme that introduces their student to environmentalism with relevant, impactful and engaging content.”
Frugi ceo, Sarah Clark added: “Eco-Schools and our new Teacher Training Programme will not only benefit so many more children’s lives, but it helps raise environmental change-makers of the future.”