Friday, February 12, 2021

Fifty Shades Greener, a company with a mission to make environmental education mainstream, has launched an online programme teaching environmental sustainability that can be availed of by secondary schools across Kildare and Wicklow.

The project, the first of its kind in Ireland, is fully funded by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) with no cost to the school.

The Build your future Fifty Shades Greener programme is taught through video-based tutorials, practical lessons and action-based learning, in a fun and interactive way. It teaches the student how they can achieve a lower carbon footprint lifestyle as well as reducing their household’s energy, waste and water costs. This vital knowledge can then be applied to their schools and even future workplaces.

Raquel Noboa, Fifty Shades Greener founder and CEO (and the programme’s content creator), explained that it’s “all online based, we give access to the students and we provide all the supports for them. And the aim of the programme is to give young people information about the need to control and reduce your household utilities. We concentrate on water, energy and waste to start with.”

She added that they keep the video lessons short and to the point and each one “gives them the action they need to fulfil that day or that week, it depends how long it will take them.”

KWETB, she said, are funding the pilot project until the end of April. They can take on up to 3,500 students and “spaces are filling up quite fast, the response has been amazing from schools and teachers so far.”

They’re also encouraging schools outside the catchment area “to get in touch and register their interest because we do plan to roll this out nationally, hopefully in the coming months.”

Raquel explained that young people “are really engaged with climate change, but I feel you know they don’t know what it is they can do themselves about it, in a proper framework I guess.”

She noted that she wants this to be a national programme, adding that “our plans bring us to the UK initially in the next six months as well, we are planning to bring this to as many European countries as we can to start with.”

Raquel said they’re very thankful to KWETB because they’ve been the first to “believe in what we’re doing” and to really “get behind it and find the funding that we needed to get this out to the schools.”

And she said they’re getting so much interest from teachers, remarking that there are a lot of teachers “coming back to us saying that they were screaming for something like this.”

For more information about what’s involved, check out fiftyshadesgreener.ie.

By Conor Forrest
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