The Hassan II International Environmental Training Center hosts the annual National Operator’s Meeting (NOM) of the Foundation for Environmental Education
The Hassan II International Environmental Training Center hosted the National Operator’s Meeting of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)’s Young Reporters for the Environment, Eco-Schools and LEAF (learning about forest) programs from March 6th to 8th, 2023, with over one hundred attendees from more than 40 countries.
The NOM was held in Morocco for a second time, being the second country on the continent to have joined the FEE. The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection operates the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program in Morocco since 2002 and the Eco-Schools program since 2006, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports.
With a network of over 34,000 middle and high school students enrolled in the YRE competition, and over 4,000 preschool and primary schools involved in Eco-Schools that have incorporated sustainable development into their curriculum, the Foundation showcased programs and methodologies, along with educational resources, best practices, and initiatives to international operators at this meeting. These programs are supported by UNESCO as part of its roadmap for greening education partnership, following the signing of a partnership agreement in 2016, which was renewed for five years in 2022.
The meeting also gave the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection the opportunity to showcase its work on Education for Sustainable Development, which includes the Eco-Schools and YRE programs, as well as the Global Schools program, deployed with the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) for incorporating sustainable development concepts into school curricula, the African Green University and Youth Education Network (AGUYEN) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, and the African Youth Climate Hub, a youth network launched in 2019 in partnership with YOUNGO (Children and Youth Constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and OCP Group.
The attendees also visited three schools around Rabat, where the Foundation operates both Eco-Schools and Young Reporters for the Environment programs.