Urbleshanny N.S., Scotstown is participating in the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2018 with a project on Sliabh Beagh/Bragan. The competition is a fun and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in the community and promote local actions and changes to improve the environment. The project, entered in the “Super Junior” category will involve all the pupils of the school, and will focus on teaching people about the importance of Bragan, and create an awareness of illegal dumping and the impact it has on all aspects of the area. Through their work, it is hoped to make a difference in protecting, conserving, and enhancing the environment, and make a positive impact in their lives, locally and globally. Areas of their research will include insects and the bog, water, walks and history, animals and birds of Sliabh Beagh, and they will be showcasing their project in the regional finals at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh in April. The project will also feed into other areas of the school curriculum, and become a very memorable and enjoyable part of their school experience.

We, as a community, look forward to their work in bringing Sliabh Beagh to prominence in this important and prestigious European competition, and we wish them “Best of Luck” in their endeavours. Local people and parents of school children are encouraged to visit Bragan and make the most of this important natural resource on our own doorstep.

Young Environmentalist Award 2018 Timeline

Registration Deadline: 20 Dec 2017

Submission Deadline: 16 Feb 2018

ECO-Dens Semi-Finals: Mid-Late March 2018

Final Showcase & Awards Ceremony: 22 May 2018