Ministers lend their support to schools ‘PROUD’ competition

The Minister for Education and Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have lent their support to the Education Authority’s schools ‘PROUD’ competition inviting pupils to investigate the use and disposal of single use plastic in their schools.

Pupils will act as Plastic Reduction Organisation Ultra Detectives (PROUD) within their school, undertaking an investigation in to how waste is produced, its costs and wider impact on the environment. Pupils will have to collate the evidence and report back on how they plan to prevent future environmental crimes in their school. 


The competition is open to Key Stage 2 (P5 to P7) and Key Stage 3 (Year 8 to Year 10) pupils, with the winning entry earning their ‘PROUD’ Detective Badge.


Monetary prizes will be awarded to schools placed 1st (£800), 2nd (£500) and 3rd (£250), sponsored by DAERA, Eco Schools (KNIB), and Queens University Belfast and £150 for ‘Highly Commended’ in each school category.


If your school is interested in participating please register your interest via the website www.reducingplastic.com Entries must be submitted by the closing date, Friday 17 April 2020.


The competition is run in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Queens University Belfast, Department of Education (DE) and Eco Schools (KNIB) and supported by the local Councils.


Pictured at the launch (left to right) Colin Breen, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs;  Professor David Rooney, Queen’s University Belfast; Minister of Education, Peter Weir; John Coney, Education Authority; Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots; Nick Cooper, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Sharon O’Connor, Chair of Education Authority, and Jonathan Glendinning, Education Authority.

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