Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced that five County Fermanagh schools will receive a total of £11,750 from the DOE’s Challenge Fund.
St. Comhghall’s College, Lisnaskea, has been offered £4,000 to complete their ‘School Farm & Allotments’ project. This will engage pupils, teachers and the wider community in developing a self sustaining farm within the school to be used for environmental education. Allotment facilities, a wildlife garden and pond will be also installed.
Jones Memorial, Tattygar, Libellaw and Maguiresbridge Primary Schools will collaborate to deliver their “StreamScapes Erne: Catchment Waters & Wildlife” project. This hands-on educational programme will be centred on the aquatic environment and biodiversity of the Erne catchment area.
In June this year, the Minister invited applications from community groups and schools to carry out projects that would improve their local environment. Today he announced that 32 schools and nurseries across Northern Ireland will be offered £90,245 from the Challenge Fund for the Environmental Education projects.
Announcing the successful projects, Mark H Durkan said: “It is fantastic to see the passion that our young people have in the protection and enhancement of the environment. I am delighted that my Department is able to provide a boost for these five schools in Fermanagh. St Comhgall’s College’s school farm, allotments & wildlife gardens will be a great asset in promoting access to the natural environment within the local community. I also wish to commend Jones Memorial, Tattygar, Libellaw and Maguiresbridge Primary Schools who will join forces to deliver an exciting educational programme on Erne’s wonderful aquatic environment.
“This investment in children and young people is vital, not only for the local environment and wider community in the present, but for generations to come.”
The Minister continued: “I pledged that the 5p levy on carrier bags would be ploughed back into the environment. The Challenge Fund is one way of doing that.
“I commend all the Challenge Fund applicants for their desire to carry out real environmental action within their communities, and I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes of these 32 schools projects in the coming months.”