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Pupils brush up their smartmoves for Translink Eco Schools Challenge

8 February 2019

Pupils across NI are being invited to take part in a ‘moving’ art competition to celebrate 10 years of the Eco-Schools and Translink Travel Challenge. Since the challenge’s launch, over 105,000 sustainable journeys have been made by pupils choosing more active travel modes in an effort to cut car congestion at the school gates, protect the environment and boost their health and wellbeing.



The #Smartmovers Art Competition offers a unique opportunity for one pupil’s winning design to be displayed on the side of Translink buses in their local area. Pupils are being asked to showcase their views on sustainable transport and their dream Eco-School in this creative contest. 

This bright idea forms part of this year’s Translink Eco Schools Travel Challenge which schools can undertake over a 2-week period during the spring or summer terms. 

Ursula Henderson, Translink, says, “There are fantastic teaching resources and prizes up for grabs if saving the planet isn’t incentive enough! 

“Translink is pleased to support the Translink Eco Schools Travel Challenge and encourage pupils, their teachers and parents to make a modal shift to walk, cycle or take public transport to school as a way of supporting an active and sustainable lifestyle. This year’s 10th anniversary art competition will celebrate young people’s views on ‘active travel’ and provide an eye-catching platform to raise the profile of important health and environmental issues.”
 Ruth Van Ry, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, says, “We are delighted to celebrate 10 years of the Travel Challenge with this unique art display and are keen to see what imaginative ideas pupils come up with.  There’s never been a more important time to promote the message of sustainable transport as a recent study shows 2/3 of pupils still travel by car to school despite ½ living less than a mile away.”

The closing date for the art competition is the 5th April with the winning design being displayed on buses during Translink’s Bus and Train Week June 3rd-9th. Full details of the Smartmovers art competition, are available at www.eco-schoolsni.org. Schools can register for the Travel Challenge and resources at www.translink.co.uk/ecoschools/ 

The Eco-Schools programme, free to all schools in NI, is operated by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs. Translink sponsors the popular Transport topic of the programme and the Travel Challenge is instrumental in helping schools reach the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag award. For more information visit www.eco-schoolsni.org 

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8/02/2019

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