Eco Schools


The Eco-Schools Seven Steps Process
& Performance Indicators

Learning with the Eco-Schools Seven Steps

The steps are intended to be flexible enough to accommodate any school context, and environmental themes are the ‘means’ to bring about change through active involvement of children through a rigorous pedagogical process. The nature and the order of the Seven Steps allow for the incremental change in sustainability literacy through active learning as the actions of students improve the environmental performance of the whole institutions starting first with themselves. This process empowers them with the confidence to continue to positively influence their own self and make the world a better place to live in.


The Seven Steps are by design child-centered with teachers acting as facilitators. Teachers do not only provide instructions and assessment inputs but are also co-learners; they co-create the learning journey in a fast-changing world where information is available at the press of a button. The pedagogical approach as an iterative process requires the learners to be flexible, curious and stay positive as they learn that the world is far from ideal. This encourages meta-cognition or learning to learn, which is an important skill for lifelong learning. The Seven Steps are aligned to the four pillars of learning – learning to know, to do, to be and to live together.


A new rubric system has been developed, which schools can use to track their progress and understand the Performance Indicators for achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag. 


The Seven-Step process is the basic framework that guides an Eco-School to plan and implement the learning journey.

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