Magazine article Environmental Education

A Mobile Environment: Sandwell School Children Will Benefit from a Pioneering Educational Programme as a New Mobile Classroom Aims to Drive Home Environmental Responsibility

Magazine article Environmental Education

A Mobile Environment: Sandwell School Children Will Benefit from a Pioneering Educational Programme as a New Mobile Classroom Aims to Drive Home Environmental Responsibility

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In a major initiative to promote environmental awareness among local children, Sandwell Council and Serco have joined forces with Tipton Litterwatch to launch a new mobile classroom which will be visiting all Sandwell schools over the next year. Unveiled for the first time at the Sandwell Community Show, the new double-decker Eco Bus project has been funded and managed by Serco as part of its comprehensive programme to manage and improve the Council's waste management service.

The refurbished and refitted Eco Bus aims to provide a fun, interactive and informative classroom where youngsters can learn more about environmental responsibilities and the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste from the home. The interior features worktops made from recycled Coke bottles, and the enthusiastic support of local school children has contributed directly to the interior decoration which includes the winning designs from a special competition that attracted more than 2,500 entries.

The intensive programme of school visits starts on 13 September with a visit to King George V Primary School in West Bromwich, and all primary schools within the borough will be visited during the next 12 months. Each visit will include a series of activities, workshops and games for all young visitors with themes based on recycling, litter picking, planting, composting and understanding renewable resources.

"In every respect this is an inspirational project," says Cllr Derek Rowley, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, "We believe this to be the first time that a purpose-designed mobile classroom has been introduced to take important environmental messages into the heart of every local school. Educating youngsters--and, of course, the adults of tomorrow--about the importance of personal responsibilities for the environment is critical if we are to achieve our targets for minimising landfill waste and ensure sustainability underpins future community developments. The initiative has been very enthusiastically received by all of our local primary schools and I'm particularly pleased that so many local businesses have also been keen to support the project."

According to Jason Holtom, Serco's Contract Manager for Sandwell, the Eco Bus is the culmination of a great deal of planning and preparation. "The support and encouragement we've had from Tipton Litterwatch has been tremendous. This is a pioneering and exciting venture and I have no doubt it will not only prove to be popular with youngsters but will also set new standards for reaching out and ensuring the values of the next generation are founded on environmental responsibility and awareness. …

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