Morocco: Princess Lalla Hasnaa Presides in Marrakech Over Signing of Three Partnership Agreements On Environmental Education

Marrakech — HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, presided, Monday morning in Marrakech, over the signing of three partnership agreements in the field of environmental education.

The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 7th World Environmental Education Congress, which opened on Sunday in Marrakech under the theme "Environmental Education in Cities and Rural Areas: Seeking Greater Harmony".

They were signed by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and a number of partners.

Signed between the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the Ministry of Education, the first agreement touches on the implementation and mainstreaming of the Eco-Schools programme.

This international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education was introduced in Morocco in 2006. It aims to teach the principles of sustainable development in primary schools, mobilizing students, teachers, parents and associations around projects on water, energy, waste, biodiversity and food.

A green flag rewards the efforts of schools that implement this programme, whose growing success has spurred the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Education to gradually expand the programme to all schools.

The second agreement on the introduction and promotion of environmental and sustainable development awareness-raising and education in youth, children and women centres, was concluded between the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The agreement provides for the introduction of Environment Clubs in youth centres, training leaders, organizing educational visits, and providing them with equipment, materials and awareness-raising tools.

Regarding the third agreement on environmental education, it was concluded between the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for the period 2013-2015.

The two institutions shall, under the gareement, promote environmental education programmes within ISESCO member countries, exchange expertise and experience, and develop joint projects.

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