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Local school children take eco learning to next level

30 March 11

270 local school children will take part in an Eco Learning day at the University of Bradford on Wednesday 30 March. The day marks both the end of a four-week eco education project and the start of a new phase which will allow schools and local neighbourhoods to live and learn in a more eco-friendly way.

The initiative set up by Bradford Metropolitan District Council's West Area Coordinators Office (City and Toller) saw Copthorne Primary School, Farnham Primary School, Horton Grange Primary School and Princeville Primary School engaged in a programme that aimed to raise awareness and educate on environmental concerns.

These four primary schools will now come together in an event which aims to further develop the students learning of sustainable development and our award-winning Ecoversity Programme through a variety of workshops, storytelling and a Green Campus tour of the University. The day will also include a parents learning session which will help them to understand what their children are learning about and support them in their green futures.

Community Partnerships Officer at the University of Bradford, Georgina Bache, said: "The University of Bradford’s Ecoversity programme was recently awarded the Times Higher Education Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development' and as an institution we are now keen to share our learning of sustainable development with our local communities, schools and organisations. Working in partnership with the Area Development Officer and Neighbourhood Wardens has meant we can get right to the heart of our communities via the young people.

"This partnership developed through a shared passion for empowering and educating young people across the District in Sustainable Development. This event is an exciting way to work with our local young people and their parents on sustainable issues that affect their and our communities."

Kate Armitstead, from Bradford West Area Coordinators Office, said: "Bradford Council is proud that it can support the children in how to access services and give them practical advice on being an active citizens.  With the support of the University of Bradford we can now compliment this with academic excellence and support the children’s learning and understanding of broader environmental issues. The project has been fully supported by the local primary schools that have played a key role in the success of the partnership. I am confident that this will be the beginning of further partnership work in the area."

30 March 11

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