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Iran to launch first green school
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TEHRAN - An official at the Environment Protection Organization said on Monday that for the first time an eco-friendly school will be opened in the port city of Bushehr in a three-month time. 
Eco-school is an international program of environmental and sustainable developmental education for schools. 
The school in Bushehr will be named after Ali Keshavarz, a park ranger who was killed in his hometown, Bushehr.  
The aim of eco-schools is to raise students’ awareness of sustainable development issues through classroom study and community action. 
Mahnaz Mazaherit told a press conference that teaching children to be environment friendly starts from early on and therefore there has to be a close cooperation between the EPO and the Ministry of Education to accomplish the goal, IRNA reported. 
The establishment of eco-schools in Iran, Mazaheri said, not only will familiarize and train the youngsters about environmental issues, it also will be of a significant assistance in maintaining and passing on the country’s national resources to the next generations. 
Under the program Students could address various important environmental issues such as conserving energy, water, minimizing waste, creating greening projects etc.
Majid Makhdoom, another attendee at the press conference and a university professor, pressed on the issue that environmental classroom courses should be elective at primary and secondary school levels
The way to get into students’ hearts and minds is by setting examples for them, Makhdoom said.
Makhdoom also referred to the 1980s when all the parks were fenced off to keep people out after certain time at night, but now by teaching the citizens to keep green spaces clean and protected, the fences have been removed.  

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