Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Keep Scotland Beautiful is a member organisation of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) delivering the Eco-Schools and Young Reporters programmes in Scotland.
Formed in 1981, the Foundation for Environmental Education is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE's mission is to engage and empower people through education in collaboration with members and partners worldwide. FEE through its mission of fostering awareness, knowledge, participation, commitment, skills, actions and creativity on the environment and on sustainable development, shares the core values behind the Sustainable Development Goals. If you want to know how the FEE is working with the SDGs through its programmes, please have a look at the document FEE and the SDGs.
FEE delivers five environmental education programmes: Blue Flag, Young Reporters, Learning About Forests, Green Key and of course Eco-Schools. Eco-Schools was initiated by FEE in 1993, and is now offered by FEE member organisations in 67 countries.
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world connecting 15 million children, young people and educators through sustainable development education and is the biggest global learning network. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is very supportive of the programme and is an institutional partner of FEE.
Principles for Education for Sustainable Development
The Foundation for Environmental Education sets out 8 Principles to guide work towards excellence in Education for Sustainable Development. As a member of FEE, Keep Scotland Beautiful has committed to follow these Principles in our Eco-Schools and Young Reporters programmes:
1. Ensure that participants are engaged in the learning/teaching process.
2. Empower participants to take informed decisions and actions on real life sustainability issues.
3. Encourage participants to work actively together and involve their communities in collaborative solutions.
4. Support participants to examine their assumptions, knowledge, and experiences, in order to develop critical thinking, and to be open to change
5. Encourage participants to be aware of cultural practices as an integral part of sustainability issues.
6. Encourage participants to share inspirational stories of their achievements, failures, and values, in order to learn from them, and to support each other.
7. Continuously explore, test, and share innovative approaches, methodologies, and techniques.
8. Ensure that continuous improvements through monitoring and evaluation are central to our programmes.
Sustainable Development Goals: The Future of International Development
The Foundation for Environmental Education, through its mission of fostering awareness, knowledge, participation, commitment, skills, actions and creativity on the environment and on sustainable development, shares the core values behind the Sustainable Development Goals. Read this document for more about how FEE is working with the SDGs through its programmes.
UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development
The Foundation for Environmental Education is a Key Partner in the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP for ESD). Each Key Partner focuses on one of the five priority areas in the GAP, and FEE has been asked to promote point 2 Transforming Learning and Training Environments - Whole Institutional Approach (WIA) to ESD. The Whole Institutional Approach is a theme present throughout FEE's programmes and through our FEE membership Keep Scotland Beautiful will continue to contribute to the GAP partner network.