Schools in Wales celebrate eco success More than 130 schools have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award since September, thanks to the environmental education programme, Eco-Schools. Eco-Schools is an international programme run in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government. Over 90% of schools in Wales are registered on the programme. The Eco-Schools programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community, helping them learn about sustainable living and global citizenship while giving them the information and support they need to make changes that will benefit their school, local environment and wider community, such as reducing waste, energy consumption, transport, healthy living and litter issues. Penrhys Primary School in Rhondda Cynon Taf has achieved the highest accolade, the Platinum award, demonstrating the school’s enthusiasm and commitment towards sustainable development. Through the Eco-Schools programme, Penrhys Primary School has run several global citizenship projects and has developed links with overseas groups. One such project brought the music group, Ny Ako, from Madagascar to share the Malagasy culture in terms of art, music, dance, traditional costumes and handicrafts. Helen Howells, Eco-Schools Co-ordinator at Penrhys Primary School, highlights the importance of international links: The involvement of groups such as Ny Ako enlarges the children's understanding of other cultures and countries. It introduces them to a whole new world of song and dance, as well as encouraging them to think about their place in the global community. Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said: Congratulations to the Green Flag schools on their amazing achievement. They are all shining examples of how young people in Wales are committed to achieving a sustainable future for their schools, communities and the environment.