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The government is giving a double boost to environmental education with extra money for projects in the voluntary s...
The government is giving a double boost to environmental education with extra money for projects in the voluntary sector, and an expert panel to drive initiatives forward.

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

projects will not decrease.

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

development education

-- identify priorities for action and establish partnerships to

take action

-- consider whether targets should be set for the activities of

various sectors

-- 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

our future.

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

education projects.

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.

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