A year of eco-delegates

2021/2022 school year saw the birth of the first eco-delegates of the French school, around thirty motivated students from 6eme to Terminale who were able to set up very varied projects aroundthe environment and the promotion of a of sustainable life.

At the same time, the school continued and reinforced its actions with Norwegian, French or AEFE partners in response to sustainable development objectives.

Education for sustainable development, present for many years in the programs of French national education, offers students the opportunity to live and multiply experiences in the classroom in all disciplines, but also outside the classroom: use their manual talents or their passions, organize a project, communicate, help each other, take responsibility, be aware of the importance of the environment and the place of humans in nature.

A year that ends with the recognition of our efforts with the awarding by the AEFE of the EFE3D label (French establishment abroad in the process of sustainable development).

This label created in 2021 includes 3 levels:

  • 1. Commitment;
  • 2. Deepening;
  • 3. Expertise;

We have obtained the level 2 for a 4 years duration.

Now you can discover a timeline of the importants moments during this first year.

In the first part of the year, the new eco-delegates were recruited among student volunteers, and trained on climate issues with the climate fresco.

Secondly, the students were introduced to the project approach and were able to put it into practice by thinking about the projects that were close to their hearts. The areas selected for the year were awareness raising, biodiversity, energy and waste.

During the week of the Lycées Français du monde in November, the TARA ocean association, partner of the AEFE, intervened with the Terminale class to discuss microplastics, the Vulkan science showcase was inaugurated at the same time as the building, while students of all levels made recycled Christmas decorations.

In December, a first E3D committee met to take stock of current projects.

The ambitious waste sorting project was the first to be completed, with sorting bins installed in strategic locations and good communication both with the students to explain the correct gestures and with the cleaning staff.

In the spring, the greening and installation of compost in the homes of high school students was able to start.

The schoolt also took part in the “My Little Planet” challenge, which mobilized pupils in groups in secondary school (6e, 3e, 2nd, 1ere and Terminale) and in classes in 1st degree (6 classes involved): for 2 weeks, the students – alone or in groups or with their families – have taken up many ecological challenges in different areas (food, transport, awareness, creativity, etc.).

This challenge was a highlight of the year, and the LFO, for a first participation, shone with its results: 5th out of 71 in the high school category and 18th out of 308 establishments, all categories combined.

Also enriched the 2nd quarter: workshops on water and climate for the 6eme, a meeting with the winner of the individual competition “My Little Planet” as well as multiple projects carried out by the educational teams in different subjects around women and science, gender equality, peace, air pollution posters etc.

When writing the EFE3D labeling application file, we were able to identify this year around thirty actions from kindergarten to terminale, covering 11 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In May, ecology week was the high point for the eco-delegates of the college, where actions on the barter of books and clothes and a competition for collecting plastic and cigarette butts mobilized several classes, extending even in elementary school.

The ADN Carbone 0 week led by the 3e eco-delegates was an important and mobilizing event at the heart of eco-citizen issues and sustainable development: daily ecological challenges, solidarity race “I run, therefore I plant”, round tables with scientists and eco-delegates from other French high schools abroad.

The beaches of Oslo also benefited from waste collection outings for 5th and 4th graders, while 2nd graders made paper, actions carried out thanks to our Norwegian partners.

At the end of the 3rd term, during the 3rd meeting of the E3D committee, the students did a resume of what happened through the year: they expressed their motivation and their satisfaction over the whole year, and underlined the benefits to learn differently, to do actions that have a visible impact and to meet new comrades from other levels.

They want dedicated time in the timetables to facilitate the organization of the many high school projects, a request that the administration is carefully considering for next year. The eco-delegates of the college have also prepared to train their peers themselves next year, thanks to the guide of the Ecophylle association.

The end of the year was also the time to identify areas of progress for next year: extend our actions by involving all the staff of the establishment, develop and sustain partnerships and develop eco-delegates in cycle 3 , for CM1 and CM2 students.

We also want to give parents their full place in the E3D committee. 2022-2023 will also be the year of rewriting our establishment project, of which sustainable development must become a guiding thread.

Students words :

“…I plan to continue next year……”

“…to help the planet and to be with my comrades and to know more people”

“…to improve school and nature“

“…because I like it”

“…because I have a love for nature and I was raised to fight for the land”

“…because I like ecology and I think about the environment”

“…I want to continue to take care of my project”