St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic School is the overall winner in the 2016 Environmentally Friendly Schools Initiative of the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority.
The GSWMA held Exhibitions and Award ceremonies in Carriacou and Grenada to mark the end of the 2016/17 EFSI season.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs, Mr. Javan Williams addressed the Carriacou ceremony and issued an appeal for more citizens to take a page out of the pride that our nations children are putting into caring for the environment. The Award ceremony, which was held at Hillsborough Secondary School involved an exhibition of recycled products made by students from the ten participating schools on the island. Mr. Benson Patrice, Senior Agricultural officer in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs noted the importance of a program of that nature which is geared at addressing environmental concerns that are negatively impacting populations throughout the world.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Human Resources Development and the Environment, Sen. Hon. Simon Steil, in addressing school principals, teachers, students and solid waste officials at the GBSS where the Grenada ceremony was held, pledged the ministry’s support for the success of the initiative which is geared at inculcating positive behavioral attitudes in young children which he stated is our only hope for long term sustainable development.
He noted the involvement of parents and the community in the initiative as being the best and most effective way for projects undertaken to succeed noting that if citizens of all ages were not fully aware of these school community initiatives, the initiatives would fail. Community involvement, he sated, encourages ownership for public property, fosters support and promotes a sense of belonging and ownership for the environment.
A total of sixty-one pre-primary, primary and secondary schools were registered in the initiative with 58 being assessed in December 2016 and January 2017.
-27 Public Adoptions of which 19 were Tourism based.
- 25 active composting projects.
- Waste diversion /waste recycling initiatives by all participating schools.
- In-house and public education initiatives and projects by all schools.
The breakdown of awards were are follows:
Best Litter Prevention Initiative – St. Theresa’s RC School.
Best Composting Project – St. George’s Methodist
Best PTA Community Project – St. Theresa’s RC School
Best Recycling Initiative – St. Theresa’s RC. School
Best School Education Initiative – Beacon Learning Center
Best Public Education Initiative – St. David’s RC School
Best Solid Waste Education Project – Grace Lutheran
Best Kept School – Hillsborough Government
Best Adoption Project - Dover Government School
Best Project with an Impact on Tourism – L’Esterre Rosary.
3rd – St. Ann’s Infant RC School
2nd – Snell Hall SDA
1st – Marquis Pre Primary
4th – Hillsborough Government School/ L’Esterre Rosary
3rd – Dover Government
2nd – St. George’s Methodist
1st _ St. Theresa’s RC
3rd – GBSS
2nd – Westmorland Private
1st – Hillsborough Secondary School.
Most outstanding School in the 2016 EFSI went to St. Theresa’s R.C School.