Belfast Harbour set to ‘Draw’ up Green Teacher shortlist
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan joined Belfast Harbour in encouraging primary school pupils across Northern Ireland to help find the region’s ‘greenest teacher’.
The Minister made the call as he helped launch Belfast Harbour’s annual Green Teacher of the Year Award, the unique competition which aims to reward primary school teachers for taking responsibility for the environment and eco issues.
Organised by Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables, the competition has been revamped this year with two winners set to be crowned – one for Greater Belfast and a winner selected from schools throughout the rest of Northern Ireland. In a further change to previous years, this year’s finals event will involve an arts-themed challenge day in Belfast which will be delivered by Young At Art, one of Northern Ireland’s leading children’s arts charities.
Thousands of pupils in over 850 primary schools across Northern Ireland are being given the opportunity to help their teacher be crowned ‘Belfast Harbour Green Teacher of the Year’ by telling Action Renewables, in no more than 100 words, about the hard work their teacher does to look after the environment and educate children about ‘green’ issues.
All entries must be made to Action Renewables by Friday 17th October, and twelve finalist teachers and their classes – six from Greater Belfast and six from the rest of Northern Ireland – will be invited to take part in the all-expenses-paid fun Challenge Day, where they will meet Webster, Belfast Harbour’s environmental guardian, and engage in art projects which focus on recycling and producing pieces of art from a wide range of daily household materials.