Keep a Clean School 2014

 Clean School participants 2008Since 2000, Environment TOBAGO (ET) has been organising an annual “Keep a Clean School Competition”. The programme is geared to engender general awareness toward pollution prevention and the reduction of waste and wasteful habits.
To roll out 'Clean Schools' ET has partnered with many commercial and governmental organizations and has always been endorsed by the Tobago House of Assembly's Division of Education Youth Affairs & Sports (DEYAS).
Fast foward to 2014. ‘Keep a Clean School’ has enjoyed much success and support over the years, but Environment Tobago now believes the time has come to redesign and rebrand the programme in a way to stimulate greater participation among its target audience; students, teachers and parents. Therefore this year the programme has been restructured into two facets:

  1. the “Keep a Clean School Award Programme” and
  2. the associated “Green Project Competition”.

The Clean School Award

The annual Keep a Clean School Award Programme is straightforward. It is designed to monitor and acknowledge the effort of those schools that meet or exceed the basic standard of tidiness in their immediate environment. As part of the programme, institutions shall be visited periodically and rated for presence or absence of litter but includes also the general tidiness of compound and class rooms Once a school meets the desirable criteria for a set period of two terms, the school will be recognized as a Clean School. Recognition involves:

  • inclusion on a list of Clean Schools published on ET's website as well as those of the program's partner organizations.
  • features in popular media and the local newspaper.
  • receipt of the ET Certificate of Recognition,
  • permission and assistance to display the Clean Schools Logo,
  • automatic eligibility to participate in ET's Green Project Competition.

Entry to 'Clean School'

The Clean School Competition is open to all Primary and Secondary Schools in Tobago. Important Note: A school may register for the Clean School Award yet opt out of the later Green Project Competition.

About the judging

Program judges drawn from the NGO's membership and volunteer corp will be appointed to visit participating schools once during term 2 and once again during term 3. Our judges will be looking for:

(i) management of litter on the school compound,
(ii) general tidiness of class rooms as pertains to litter
(iii) whether there are adequate bins to serve the school population,
(iv) some evidence that students appreciate the importance of solid waste disposal.

The Green Project Competition

All designated Clean Schools will be invited to participate in the Green Project Competition. Schools shall be required to identify, design, plan and implement a Green Project within their space with one of their teachers functioning as facilitator. It is highly desirable their Green Project involves the entire school, however in cases where this is not practical an attempt must be made to involve as great a section of the school population as possible. Registrant schools in the Green Project can choose one of any in the following categories:
(a) Solid Waste Management (adhering to the Reduce Recycle and Re-Use principle)
(b) School Beautification (adhering to Greening principles)
(c) Vegetable and Herb Gardening (employing composting, soil amelioration and water re-use)

(d) Conservation of water and electricity (employing wise use of natural resource and conservation of energy)

This aspect of the Environment Tobago Clean School's competition aspect require of creativity and a high degree of participation from both teachers and students however, successful participants stand to win substantial cash prizes for their schools.

Who can enter the Green Project competition

The Green Project Competition is open to all schools whether or not they participate in the Clean School Program: However in order to qualify for prizes, a school must have previously been certified as a Clean School. Project organiser Environment Tobago encourages schools to begin working on their Green Project as soon as possible after registration for the Clean School Award Programme.

Green Project Categories and Guidelines for Judging

It is expected that the physical site of the project will be at the school, or alternatively, a site adjoining the school property or in some way, is closely associated to, or used by, the school. In designing and implementing your school’s project, be guided that judges will be seeking answers to the following questions under each of the Green Project categories:

Some help:

Solid Waste Management – The 3R Principle

(i) Does the project display originality, creativity and/or innovation?
(ii) How well has the Re-Use, Reduce and Recycle principle been integrated into project?
(iii) Is there evidence that the school population is aware of and been impacted by Green Project?

(iv) Can the school's Green Project be sustained over time?
(v) How well has the school's Green Project been presented to the judges?

School Beautification/Greening

Does the project display originality, creativity and/or innovation?
How impressive is the centerpiece or showcase of this beautification/greening project?
Has there been an attempt to beautify/green indoors as well as outdoors?
Have fresh plants been introduced (ornamentals, potted plants, shrubs, trees etc.)?
Is there evidence that the school population is aware of, and has been positively impacted by the project?
Does the project have the potential to be maintained over time?
How well has the project been presented to the judges?

Vegetable/herb Gardening and Composting

Does the project display creativity and/or innovation?

Is the school garden functional and well maintained?

Has there been any attempt to farm organically?

Is the compost apparatus functioning well?

Is there evidence that the school population is aware of, and has been impacted by, the project?

How has the school benefited from the project?

Does the project have the potential to be sustained over time?

How well has the project been presented to the judges?

Conservation of water and energy

Does the project display originality, creativity and/or innovation?

Has creative signage been employed to influence student behaviors?

Is there evidence that the school population is aware of and has been impacted by the project?

Has there been any attempt to raise awareness beyond the school population (e.g. community, home)?

Does the project have the potential to be sustained over time or has impact that is lasting?

How well has the project been presented for judging?

Green Project Prize Categories

  • Best Projects in each category for Primary Schools
  • Best Projects in each category for Secondary Schools
  • Most Creative Project
  • Most Participatory Project
  • Most Impactful Project
  • Consolation Prize

Visit our working website for participating schools

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All schools involved can get up to date here.