The ASEAN Eco-Schools Programme aims at creating a school culture geared towards environmental protection and preservation through management, commitment and infusion into curriculum, cocurriculum and greening activities. Such activities are dedicated to education, facilitating and inspiring school communities to protect and sustain the environment, be it in schools, at home, in the community, within the society and the nation at large.
The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2009-2015 was adopted by the ASEAN Leaders in March 2009 to realise an ASEAN Community that is people-centred, socially responsible with a view to achieving solidarity, unity and a common identity and building a sharing and caring society which is inclusive and harmonious where the well-being, livelihood, and welfare of the peoples are enhanced. Section D3 (action i) of the ASCC Blueprint calls on ASEAN Member States (AMS) to promote sustainable development through environmental education and public participation by implementing the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP) 2008- 2012.
The AEEAP 2008-2012 provides a framework for enhancing public awareness on environmental management for sustainable development, and to accelerate the development and advancement of environmental education as a key-integrating
component for achieving sustainable development in the region. The Plan identified several strategic actions and priority areas. One of the Strategic Actions is to develop the ASEAN Eco-Schools Programme.
The Department of Environment Malaysia, in cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF) and Hanns Seidel Foundation took the lead to organize the ASEAN Workshop on Eco-Schools on 26-28 June
2011 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Forty (40) participants from all AMS except Myanmar attended the workshop. The participants included representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry / Department of Environment.
From the outcome of the workshop, a draft on the ASEAN Guidelines on Eco-Schools was developed and endorsed during the 13th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) on 18 October 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the Guidelines, an ASEAN Eco-Schools Award Giving Ceremony will be held every three years. This award is given to selected primary and secondary schools in recognition for their efforts in promoting and implementing environmental activities. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia hosted the inaugural ASEAN Eco-Schools Award Giving Ceremony in The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2012 in conjunction with ASEAN Environment Year 2012. (For this year’s award, each winning school will receive a Labu Sayung Crystal and a certificate signed by The Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia).
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