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Blue Flag Program for Educational Centers

By: Pilar Bernal

In order to instill an environmentally-focused culture and sense of environmental responsibility, the Public Ministry of Education (MEP) promotes the Blue Flag Ecological Program. Each year educational centers must carry out activities outlined in a work plan, which comply with the requirements to obtain the Blue Flag Ecological Award. These requirements are evaluated based on the following criteria: water quality, disaster risk management, environmental education, sanitary services, clean and safe spaces and reports of activities carried out throughout the year.

Environmental education accounts for 35% of the evaluation, and Osa Conservation’s Education and Community Extension Program is helping to instigate and enforce this component in 10 educational centers through the implementation of Environmental Education curriculum. This year they have covered the topics of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, climate change and waste management.

We hope that to finish out this year these 10 educational centers will achieve their Blue Flag Ecological Award, which will be a point of pride for both the students and teachers. It will strengthen their sense of belonging to the institution and to the Osa Peninsula with its great biodiversity. Each time we will be planting more seeds of conservation in present and future generations.