Keep a Clean School Competition 2000
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Keep a Clean School Competition 2000


Environment TOBAGO is running its annual "Keep a Clean School Competition". This is made possible through the assistance provided to Environment TOBAGO by the Joseph B. Fernandes Memorial Trust and other sponsorship. This programme has received the official sanction of the Division of Education, Tobago House of Assembly.
What is the "Keep a Clean School Competition" about?

The "Keep a Clean School Competition" is a programme for waste reduction and pollution prevention in Tobago schools run by Environment TOBAGO. It is an annual programme, which was held last year for twenty-five primary and four secondary schools in Tobago. This year, Environment TOBAGO plans to expand this programme. The goal, objectives and activities are highlighted below.

Goal:
To implement an educational programme to reduce solid waste generation and pollution in primary and secondary schools in Tobago.

Objectives:
1. To increase awareness among students of the need to reduce solid waste pollution in Tobago.
2. To improve student knowledge of ways to reduce solid waste generation and properly dispose of solid waste.
3. To facilitate development of positive student attitudes for a pollution-free Tobago.
4. To encourage students to take actions to reduce the generation of solid waste and to practice appropriate waste disposal habits.

Elements:
1. Reduction in generation of solid waste: reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink principles.
2. Demonstration of proper waste disposal techniques to reduce solid waste pollution.

Activities:
The Clean School Competition will include the following:
1. Students involved in actions and practices to reduce waste generation and pollution in schools. This will be evaluated during unannounced site visits by Environment TOBAGO judges.
2. Students engaged in classroom and field activities about waste reduction and proper disposal. An information packet distributed to teachers will facilitate this.
How is the competition run?

The competition will be open to all primary and secondary schools in Tobago. Schools will be divided into two categories: (a) Primary, and (b) Secondary.

The criteria to be used in judging will be as follows:
a) The amount of litter in the school grounds.
b) The amount of litter in classrooms.
c) The general management of solid waste by the school.
d) The reduction in generation of solid waste in the school (demonstrating reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink principles).

For each criterion a rating scale of 1-10 will be used. For judging purposes, primary schools will be subdivided into zones dependent upon the number of entries.

The prizes to be awarded are:
Primary School Category
Secondary School Category
First prize $1,500.00
Second prize $1,000.00
Third Prize $ 500.00
First prize $1,500.00
Second prize $1,000.00
Third Prize $ 500.00

A challenge trophy will also be awarded to the school judged overall to be the cleanest school in Tobago. Additional prizes are being sought to complement the prizes identified above. Last year, Scarborough SDA won first place in the primary school category, and St Joseph's Convent was winner in the secondary school category and overall winner of the Colfire Challenge Trophy.

Posters and an information packet for teachers will also be provided to each school. The information packet will provide teachers with information on solid waste management and suggestions for activities. A teacher-training workshop will be held in April.
Timeline

      School registration
      By February 28th
      Launch and distribution of information packets to schools
      March 22nd at Harmon School
      Teacher-training workshop and first site visits to schools to promote programme and assist with projects and activities
      April
      Judging (unannounced)
      May
      Presentation of prizes
      June 5th, World Environment Day

Kamau Akili, President of Environment TOBAGO, awards first prize in the 1999 competition to student of St. Joseph's Convent Secondary School.
 
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