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In Slovenia, the number of educational institutions included in the Eco school program constantly grows. 722 institutions registered as an eco-school in the school year 2018/19. This present 35 % of all schools, including kindergartens in Slovenia. Thus, more than 130,000 children and 8,500 teachers were engaged in the environmental projects as part of the environmental education. Internationally, the eco-school program includes more than 50,000 institutions of which 17,000 already signed for a green flag. Looking globally, more than 21 million of children, more than 1.2 million teachers and more than 7,000 local communities cooperated in the program.


This indicator shows the number of institutions participating in the Eco-Schools Programme in Slovenia in the period of school years from 1995/96 to 2015/16, the percentage of institutions participating in the Eco-Schools Programme, as well as the number of institutions participating in the Eco-Schools Programme in selected EU countries.

The International Foundation founds the international Eco-Schools Programme for Environmental Education. In Slovenia the DOVES Society – FEE Slovenia runs the programme since 1996.

The Eco-Schools Programme is the largest network of children, kindergarten teachers and school teachers who transfer and integrate sustainable development principles into everyday learning and life. The Programme fosters systematic environmental education and awareness among youth, particularly regarding the importance of environmental protection and human health. Work in the Programme follows the Seven Steps methodology, which are as follows: form an eco-committee, carry out an environmental review, develop an action plan, monitor and evaluate, implement curriculum work, inform and involve others and produce an eco-code. (Guidelines of education for sustainable development from pre-school to university level, 2010)

When an institution carries out activities and follows the seven-step methodology, it is internationally recognized and rewarded with an environmental Green Flag Award as a certificate of meeting the criteria of the international Eco-Schools Programme. The European Commission and the United Nations Organisation support the Programme of the eco-schools. In Slovenia, environmental education goals are part of the national environmental education curriculum.


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Figure OP03-1: Eco-schools in Slovenia, 1996-2018
Sources: 

Doves Society, 2019; SI-STAT, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia.

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registered Eco-Schools [number]

awarded Eco-Schools [number ]

schools total [number ]

1995/96

2

0

2

1996/97

37

0

37

1997/98

47

17

47

1998/99

54

33

54

1999/00

59

43

59

2000/01

78

56

78

2001/02

105

79

105

2002/03

170

127

170

2003/04

206

159

206

2004/05

209

175

209

2005/06

263

199

263

2006/07

307

238

307

2007/08

383

284

383

2008/09

535

380

535

2009/10

628

423

628

2010/11

690

560

690

2011/12

705

560

705

2012/13

712

644

712

2013/14

717

646

717

2014/15

710

645

710

2015/16

712

647

712

2016/17

715

651

715

2017/18

717

653

717

2018/19

722

658

722

Figure OP03-2: Share of eco-schools in total number of schools, Slovenia, school year 2017/18
Sources: 

Doves Society, 2019; SI-STAT, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia 2019, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport 2019

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Eco-Schools [number]

other schools [number]

Eco-Schools [%]

other schools [%]

2008/09

535

1286

29.38

70.62

2009/10

628

1208

34.20

65.80

2010/11

690

1171

37.08

62.92

2011/12

705

1186

37.28

62.72

2012/13

712

1195

37.34

62.66

2013/14

717

1209

37.23

62.77

2014/15

710

1107

39.08

60.92

2015/16

712

1318

35.07

64.93

2016/17

715

1174

37.85

62.15

2017/18

717

1181

37.78

62.22

2018/19

722

1191

37.74

62.26

Figure OP03-3: Eco-schools in selected EU countries, 1997-2012
Sources: 

Doves Society, 2010; Foundation on Environmental Education, 2011; Eurostat, 2011.

Chart note: 

Comments to Table OP3-3 (*): Data for EU countries were provided by FEE (Foundation of Environmental Education). According to FEE, the database administrator, the table lists data that is unverified and therefore less reliable due to problems with maintenance of the database.

np = no data

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Slovenia [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

Greece [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

Portugal [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

Sweden [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

Ireland [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

United Kingdom [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

Denmark [no. Eco-Schools/mio. inhab.]

1997/98

24

8

12

17

33

14

15

1998/99

27

11

11

46

123

20

20

1999/00

30

12

12

56

203

25

24

2000/01

39

16

29

70

222

34

28

2001/02

53

16

28

97

287

49

51

2002/03

85

18

32

112

350

84

39

2003/04

103

20

30

126

405

80

39

2004/05

105

23

38

148

488

71

41

2005/06

131

25

43

151

552

121

2006/07

153

28

44

151

691

196

2007/08

191

34

65

174

677

250

2008/09

263

14

83

201

719

286

2009/10

307

36

83

220

716

284

2010/11

335

2011/12

342

28

94

278

906

376

35


Goals

  • to provide high-quality education and to create opportunities for lifelong education for everyone,
  • to improve general knowledge of the environment and of sustainable development principles,
  • to establish the concept of sustainable development as an integral component of development in Slovenia,
  • to provide systemic and infrastructural support for existing environmental programmes and to enable their interconnection,
  • to develop new environmental projects,
  • to integrate environmental programmes and activities into existing networks and to develop new ones.

Since 1995, when the Eco-Schools Programme began running in Slovenia, the number of participating schools has been constantly growing. In the school year 2018/19, 722 eco-schools were included in the Programme. Over the 24-year period, the Eco-Schools Programme made exceptional progress as the eco-schools network expanded throughout the territory of Slovenia and covered several educational age levels and institution types. Eco-schools represent 35% of all schools in Slovenia, which means that environmental education is becoming part of Slovenian children’s everyday life.

The holistic and systematic approach significantly contributes to the success and distribution of the Programme, which enables pre-school and school teachers to integrate the contents and activities into the everyday educational programme and adapt the activities to planned work. Globally, the success of the programme can also be attributed to partnership with FEE International and UNEP as a global environmental protection knowledge base, particularly in developing countries. It offers various practical solutions and incentives for environmental awareness both inside and outside of schools. The Eco-Schools Programme promotes the principles of democracy, openness and involvement of various stakeholders. Therefore, it also promotes a democratic citizenship culture, in addition to environmental education.

The international Eco-Schools Programme has become one of the most recognised and widespread environmental education programmes in almost all EU Member States and the network is expanding in other continents. Currently, 67 countries from all continents participate; in 2003, South Africa was the first country outside Europe to become a FEE member.

 

Financing of the Eco-Schools Programme

In most European countries, the Eco-Schools Programme is financed mostly or exclusively through budgetary funds provided by relevant ministries. In Slovenia, the Programme is financed through fees paid by participating institutions, sponsorship funds and, to a lesser extent, through funds provided by ministries responsible for education and the environment.

Slovenia has a special status within the international Eco-Schools Programme, as it is considered one of the most successful countries and is used as an example to others. In recent years, the topics proposed in the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development have been included in eco-school activities in Slovenia in addition to regular environmental education. (UNECE, 2005)


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