Frugi funds eco training for 750 teachers to help inspire eco-heroes
Frugi, the sustainable children’s clothing company, supports Eco-Schools for another year by funding their online Eco-Coordinator Training Programme.
This means that training will be free for teachers and school or nursery staff in England.
The previous year saw Eco-Schools, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, presented training to over 500 applicants funded by Frugi, many of whom have progressed to receive their Green Flag Award.
With the application window for this academic year closing at the end of July, the current impact figures for schools up and down the country show just how vital this programme has been. As of the 3rd of June, the stats show incredible results: £206.6k saved financially, 22.1k trees planted, 42.8k children took part in a litter pick, and 806.5k natural habitats created.
Once registered, schools gain access to Eco-Schools resources that help them meet the international Seven Step criteria. Although free to sign up, a fee of £200 (+VAT) is chargeable to cover the online assessment fee for a school’s Green Flag application during the May to July annual application window. Across 71 countries worldwide, the Eco-Schools programme gives pupils the freedom to decide on three of ten Eco-School topics to work on and develop.
Each year Frugi donates 1% of turnover to charity as part of their Little Clothes BIG Change charity programme and has so far donated £1 million over the past 18 years to help children and environmental non-profit organisations.
Frugi’s overall ambition is to help inspire a new generation of eco-heroes to change the world, which makes the Eco-Schools programme, the largest educational programme in the world, an ideal partner.
As part of their ongoing initiative with Eco-Schools, Frugi has donated funding for 750 teachers and school staff throughout England, from nurseries to colleges, to attend three immersive sessions. These one-hour sessions allow them to learn more about the Eco-Schools programme, how to deliver it in an education setting with students and how it can benefit their school, pupils, and their wider community. The training is open to the entire Eco-Schools network with the 750 free spaces allocated on a first-come, first place saved basis.
Frugi CEO Sarah Clark comments, “Eco-Schools and our new Teacher Training Programme will not only benefit so many more children’s lives, but it helps raise environmental change-makers of the future.”