Ambitious climate action programme brings together schools from across Ireland
GORMANSTON, COUNTY MEATH – The All-island Schools 4 Climate Action (AIS4CA) programme was officially launched on Wednesday 14th September, with 20 secondary-schools from across the island of Ireland set to spearhead the programme in the year ahead – an increase of 8 schools from the 12 schools engaged in the pilot programme.
Schools from either side of the border gathered in the CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre to participate in a cross-border training day. Lead student representatives also had an opportunity to engage in a leadership workshop and network with one another.
The schools involved in this year’s programme are:
|Northern Schools||Southern Schools|
|County Antrim |
Belfast Royal Academy
St. Malachy’s College, Belfast
St. Ronan’s College, Lurgan
St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook
St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen
Down High School
St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick
Newry High School
|County Cork |
Nagle Community College
Scoil Mhuire Naofa Carrigtwohill
St. Colman’s College, Midleton
Bishop McEgan College
St. Brogan’s College
Coláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown
St Paul’s Secondary School
Galway Community College
St Brigid’s School
Colaiste an Chreagan
The programme has four core strategic aims:
We will enhance environmental education and promote lifelong learning, through the remote delivery of environmental sciences courses, provided by Alison and EcoEd4All.
We will encourage cross-border and cross-community collaboration and partnership, through facilitated teacher trainings and student workshops.
We will support the development of climate action social action projects, which will reinforce learning and empower students to lead by example and create change in their communities.
We aim to expand our network of schools participating in the programme, ensuring schools in all parts of the island have an opportunity to engage.
AIS4CA is a joint-initiative by Co-operation Ireland, Alison, EcoEd4All, the Education Authority of Northern Ireland and is also supported by Education and Training Boards in Cork and Galway-Roscommon.