Ayrshire College nominated for Green Gown Award

Ayrshire College nominated for Green Gown Award

Ayrshire College has been shortlisted for a UK-wide environmental award.

Ayrshire College is a finalist in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category at the UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards 2018, for its ‘Green Teachers’ initiative.

The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

Last year Ayrshire College won the Student Engagement award at the 2017 UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards and was the only college finalist in the Student Engagement category at the International Green Gown Awards.

The College was recognised for the work that its Social Science and Environmental Studies students did - on a voluntary basis - at Dean Castle Country Park to conserve the natural environment for future generations.

This year’s nomination comes as a result of the expansion of the project to include Access to Primary Education and Humanities (SWAP) students, who will then be able to pass on their knowledge in the classroom.

‘Green Teachers’ aims to develop environmentally conscious teachers who will extoll the virtues of sustainability, conservation and ecology to future generations of pupils.

The aspiring primary school teachers have undertaken work placements in Ayrshire schools where they have been able to promote the environmental message to pupils. They also arranged guided walks for school pupils.

Colin Ross, Curriculum Manager for Social Sciences at Ayrshire College, said "This is an excellent opportunity for Ayrshire College to create a tangible and substantial improvement within our environment. Preparing the next generation of teachers with strong environmental values allows them to go on and impart these upon pupils year on year, leaving a lasting positive impact for generations to come."

13 July 2018

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