Eco-colleges of Seine Saint Denis
The Seine Saint Denis is an urbanised department with strong social disparities. It is also one of the youngest departments in France where education is a strategic issue. Life in this dense environment is also growing and developing rampantly. Since January 2020, the Alstom Foundation has partnered with the Department of Seine Saint Denis and NGO Teragir to conduct an important educational policy around sustainable development in many colleges of the territory.
Eco-colleges is the name of the eco-school programme taught in colleges. The objective is to help students better understand the world around them so they can fully participate, and to involve all key stakeholders at school including teachers, management, administrative and technical staff, as well as in the area (communities, associations, parents).
As part of this programme, 15 biodiversity initiatives took place through training teachers using specific tools, methodology, steering committees, and implementing projects ranging from vegetable gardens, chicken coops, green roofs, insect huts and beehives.
Five dedicated beekeeping trainings were also deployed together with sensitisation workshops including the bees' role in environment and pollination, presentation of the beekeeper metier, compounding and organisation of a beehive, bee varieties, products from the hive, and risks and threats towards bees. An eco-school game was also designed to develop and reinforce students’ knowledge and train eco-delegates. As the project is now closed, it is estimated that at least 4,000 college students benefitted from this programme.
Partner: The Department of Seine Saint Denis