Lead Schools
The Lead Schools is a tool designed to help school communities audit their use of natural resources. It provides schools with the methodology to become environmental managers by assessing themselves.

Schools willing to register as Lead schools can choose schools of their own liking and convenience for mentoring or could alternatively approach EAD for suggestions.

Schools desiring to participate in the Sustainable Schools programme as a Lead school ought to have participated in the initiative before.

They should have proven track record of having attempted all of the four components. They need to have:

  • Assessed their own school’s environmental impact using the Green Schools audit manual given as a guideline by EAD.
  • They should have reduced their environmental impact on at least two of the elements that Green audit deals with.
  • Established and run successful Eco Clubs, are aware of the guidelines and have complied with them for running their Eco Club as per EAD’s requirements, namely:
    • Keeping monthly Eco Club meeting records.
    • Observing at least two environmental occasions in their schools with an event/ activity.
    • tTaking at least one internal and one external project reaching out to the community during the course of the academic session.
  • Participated in Teacher training sessions and workshops organised by EAD, have shown evidence of sharing the training with other teachers and have shown evidence of having embedded parts of training into their school’s curriculum.
  • Taken their students for environmental field trips; and tried to connect the field trips to their curriculum. Teachers are capable of conducting environmental field trips on their own.

The following method is expected to be followed for the Green School Audit:

      Schools should adopt at least one school (new / old) to mentor.
      Schools registered under this category are expected to assist the adopted school in their Green audit process. This can be done in the following ways:
      • Advice adopted schools on Green audit procedures.
      • Allow audit team/ Audit teacher from adopted school into their schools if need be, to get a hands on experience on collecting data for the audit.
      • Be available for the adopted schools through emails or telephone for any trouble-shooting on Green audit procedures or calculations.
      • If needed, conduct Green audit training and workshop for teachers of the adopted school.
      Assist the adopted school in running of their Eco Clubs by:
      • Sharing ideas for holding activities/ projects/ events as a part of Eco Club activity.
      • Encourage joint workshops/ events / activities between the lead school and adopted schools.
      • Encourage communication and sharing environmental best practices between Eco Club members of both.
      • Encourage student and teacher exchange between both schools while conducting Eco Club activities especially when experts are called in from other organisations to do presentations or lectures.
      • Send reminders to adopted schools for sending annual eco club plans to EAD. In addition ensure that students from adopted schools are made aware of EAD’s requirements for running successful Eco clubs.
      Hold at least one inter school teacher training programme on effective dissemination of environmental concepts within classrooms based on prior experience of being trained by EAD or by any other entities. The Lead school can approach EAD or any other entities for any reasonable support. It should be noted that organising the training programme and follow up activities should be fully taken up by the Lead school.
      Share resource material / information / pedagogy on teaching and learning about environment within the classroom context with the adopted school.
      Share knowledge regarding any new location for field trips with adopted school.
      Motivate adopted school to conduct at least two field trips during the course of academic session.
      Guide adopted school on how best field trips could be integrated into curriculum.
Important Note

Lead school would be evaluated on how best they promote /share resources/ knowledge and assist with capacity building adopted school in moving towards sustainability.

One of the important points to be kept in mind for Lead schools is the combined savings on Water, waste and energy and carbon achieved in conjunction with adopted school.

It would count in favour of the Lead school when they are willing to mentor more than one school.

Lead schools are advised to initiate a protocol for communicating with the adopted schools.

Lead schools need to keep record of all communication regarding the sustainable schools programme with the adopted school whether they be emails/ formal letters.

In case of any issues arising with adopted schools, Lead schools can approach EAD, but it should be noted that raising too many issues would go against the Lead school as this might signify the Lead school lacks the capacity to mentor.

Once Lead schools are registered, a separate communication on reporting format for the lead school will be sent and embedded in the new website to be formulated.

Once the schools submit their lead school report, along with evidence, then the school will be evaluated by the Sustainable School assessment committee. The committee comprises educational and government and non-government authorities. Short-listed schools will present their submissions – and will defend themselves on questions asked by the review committee Short-listed schools can expect a visit by members of the committee to visit the schools to review on the ground results if needed.