ECO-UNESCO is Ireland's environmental education and youth organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).
ECO-UNESCO’s aims are:
- to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people
- to promote the protection and conservation of the environment
- to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities.
- to promote the ideals of UNESCO
ECO-UNESCO provides a wide range of programmes and services, which include:
Environmental Youth Programmes
ECO-UNESCO develops and runs programmes for young people on a broad range of environmental issues through schools, youth organisations, community groups or local authorities.
These programmes include: environmental events and activities, environmental workshops, a National Youth ECO-Forum, the Young Environmentalist Awards, ECO-UNESCO Clubs, ECO-Youth Choices and Youth for Sustainable Development Peer Education Programmes.
ECO-UNESCO develops and runs training programmes for young people and trainers within non-formal and formal education, providing a specialist approach to working with young people.
These programmes include: short training courses on a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and the environment, FETAC accredited courses (Introduction to Sustainable Development, Level 5) and ECO-Choices, a drugs misuse prevention programme.
ECO-UNESCO produces environmental education resources including publications, CD-ROMs and posters for primary and secondary school teachers, youth groups and community groups.
ECO-UNESCO offers consultancy services to groups and agencies that want a specialist approach to environmental education, environmental youth work and Education for Sustainable Development.