The extra money will be made available through the Environmental
Action Fund (EAF) for more projects in England involving education on sustainable development from 1998-99. Projects might include, for example, education about waste, energy efficiency, conservation or transport.
The amount of funding available from the EAF for non-education
The expert panel - which will be chaired by Geoffrey Holland
will consider the issues on education for sustainable development
in schools, further and higher education, at work and at home.
Its main tasks will be to:
-- identify gaps and opportunities in the provision of sustainable
-- identify priorities for action and establish partnerships to
-- consider whether targets should be set for the activities of
-- highlight good practice report to the deputy prime minister and the secretary of state for education and employment with recommendations, where appropriate, for action by government and other involved parties.
Deputy prime minister John Prescott said:
'The government has pledged that concern for the environment will
be at the heart of policy making. Education will be given the
highest possible priority. If people are to play their full part
in achieving a sustainable future, they need to know how their
actions at home and at work affects the environment.
Partnership is the key to progress. There are already several
valuable projects which have been funded through the
Environmental Action Fund. Organisations such as Going for
Green, which funds Eco Schools, have also played their role
in bringing environmental awareness into the curriculum.
This work must continue. We hope that this extra funding will
stimulate some ambitious projects. I have yet to decide on the
amount to allocate, but the better the applications, the more
money we will invest in education projects, and ultimately in
Additional drive will come from the new panel, which will bring
experts in the field together and strengthen partnership with key
players - environmental bodies, schools, colleges and universities,
training organisations, and local authorities.
I look forward to hearing about some ambitious and exciting
On 28 July environment minister Angela Eagle launched the
Environmental Action Fund (EAF) for 1998/99. Since then application forms have been sent to over 1,000 voluntary groups. Each one is being advised of this special provision for sustainable development
The extra money for education projects is being made available
through savings elsewhere.
Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained from
Mr D Matthews, Room C9/11, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3EB,
fax 0171 276 4789.
The expert panel will meet twice a year and will have a joint
Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) Secretariat.
The panel will also be a standing subgroup of the Round Table
on Sustainable Development.
Discussions have been held with Non Governmental Organisations
about the composition of the panel. The membership of the panel
will be announced shortly.