Schools are to explore and celebrate the Isle of Man’s UNESCO Biosphere status with a special week of activities.
The Isle of Man is the only entire nation member of UNESCO’s world network of Biospheres.
Globally, Biospheres promote conservation, learning and sustainable development. UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man has a complementary layer of local aims and ambitions, delivered under five Es, including education.
All the Island’s schools have signed up as Partners of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.
During the week commencing 27th June 2022, schools will mark this partnership by exploring what Biosphere status means and how it benefits the Isle of Man.
They can do this by way of special lessons, speakers, assemblies, trips out, crafts and creativity.
Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘The week will be a fantastic way for pupils to explore what it means to be citizens of a UNESCO Biosphere and how they contribute to it through their own learning and actions.
‘I hope the week inspires them to learn about, value and enjoy what it means to be a Biosphere.’
Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘I am delighted that our schools will showcase the amazing work that they do to support our Island’s UNESCO Biosphere status.
‘All our schools are signed up to the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Partner Pledge and, as part of that, work hard towards the aims, which include supporting our cultural heritage and making their environmental impact positive wherever possible.
‘Through the support of organisations such as Culture Vannin, Manx National Heritage, local charities and the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, schools are well supported and resourced in their teaching about Manx culture and the environment and I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative ways our schools demonstrate their commitment to their UNESCO Biosphere Pledges in this special week.’
For more information about UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man and its strategy ‘Working Together for a Sustainable Future’, visit our website.