The Green Flag (Eco-School) is an environmental education model for day-care centres and schools as well as entities organising leisure activities for children and young people. This exhibition shows how children of various ages have contributed to the programme in Espoo and elsewhere. The exhibition at Nature House Villa Elfvik on 4 May–23 June 2019 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Green Flag.
You also can read about the recent thoughts of children and young people, describing what they would do help the environment if they were the prime minister or a superhero. In a meeting of Green Flag schools in April, the children cut paper tree leaves on which they wrote down their thoughts. The leaves were used to create a tree for the exhibition.
The Green Flag is an international eco-label in the field of education, known as Eco-School elsewhere in the world. Its criteria guide towards long-term development of environmental matters and a holistic and productive approach to the work. When a participant’s project meets the criteria of the programme, the participant is rewarded with a certificate and a flag raised on the flagpole.
The environmental panel of each participant, comprising mainly children, sets the goals and plans the activities based on the unit’s own focus points. This is why the programme is equally suitable for small and large units, day-care centres and vocational schools as well as beginners and more experienced participants.
In the Green Flag project, a sustainable lifestyle can be learnt one step at a time through different themes. Material is available on, for example, reducing waste, energy, the local environment and healthy lifestyle. The exhibition showcases each theme and examples on how the theme has been addressed in schools and day-care centres.
Nature House Villa Elfvik is open Mon–Fri at 9:00–16:00 and Sat–Sun at 10:00–16:00, on Ascension Day 30 May at 10:00–16:00; closed on Midsummer Eve 21 June. Café Elfvik is open on weekends and holidays during the Nature House’s opening hours. Admission to the Nature House is free.