Aiming to enable its students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future on both the environmental and socioeconomic levels, Education for Sustainable Development has become an integral part of IC’s quality education, with a growing recognition of the importance of mainstreaming it in the teaching programs and curricula, as well as in the school’s strategies and plans.
At IC, our pledge is to empower learners of today to become the global citizen leaders of tomorrow, leaders who act responsibly based on the understanding that what they do today can have implications on the lives of people and the planet in future. That’s why we strive to empower our learners to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future through a continuous education process that would engage youth and adults in the cause.
IC’s sustainability vision is to position the school as a leading territorial actor for sustainable development. To achieve this vision, IC’s environmental sustainability mission is to:
- Educate the school community - youth and adults - about the principles and challenges of environmental sustainability
- Spread good environmental practices within and outside the school (awareness)
- Work for an environmentally friendly infrastructure within the school.
From Apples to Vinegar
Towards a Green School in Ain Aar
Save the Forest
Under the IC Responsibility initiative and the environmental sustainability program, IC secondary school students represented IC at the Global Innovation Sustainability Summit that took place in Qatar in March 2023. This summit focused on environmental SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land). Two groups, working on the “Zeit w Saboon” project (turning used cooking oil into soap) and the “Quarry Rehabilitation” project (implementing a rehabilitation scheme to an abandoned quarry in Lebanon), won the final rounds and showcased their projects at the summit.
In the frame of IC's Environmental Sustainability Program and Primary Years Program (PYP), and as part of the unit of inquiry “Sharing the Planet” which focuses on energy, IC’s grade 5 students have decided to take action and install solar powered lights in one of the streets of Verdun. After raising 52 million LBP at school, students collaborated with the Lebanon of Tomorrow NGO to install 15 photovoltaic street lights to ensure riders and passengers drive safely during the nights.