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M@r Nostrum a Portuguese Blue School Project


Be Ocean Wise

A European Blue School Project

Manuela Valentim Teixeira

Escola Básica

Dr. Alberto Iria

Escola Azul - Blue School is an educational programme of the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea, developed at the Directorate-General for Maritime Policy.

Blue School encourages schools to explore Ocean issues through structured and interdisciplinary strategies, aiming for a social impact both with the participation of different partners and through the involvement of local communities

The Blue School programme also relies on partnerships with a great variety of entities connected to the sea, who provide multidisciplinary marine education actions directed at Blue Schools

Blue School-What is it?

How to become a Blue School

Blue School Criteria

Ocean Literacy Principles

This project aims to promote Ocean Literacy and strengthen the link between the sea sector and school

  • Address the issue of Ria Formosa Preservation
  • The Importance of Water in Maintaining Life
  • Sustainable Water Resource Management for Ecosystem Balance
  • Renewable Energy Production for a Sustainable Economy
  • Climate Change Causes and Consequences
  • The Importance of the SDGS (Particulary Goal 14 )

Project Aims

Identifying a Problem and Doing Research

  • Choosing a Local Problem with which the Students felt related with (From Local to Global)
  • Draw a Plan (Communication and Collaboration )
  • Submission of the Project to The Blue School Team
  • Develop Digital Skills
  • Autonomy and Critical Thinking
  • Division of Tasks and Responsibilities

Finding Solutions

  • Time to Take Actions
  • Working with Partnerships
  • Establishing Protocols with Local and National Institutions
  • Involve the School Community; Families and Local Community/ Authorities
  • Involved all 8th grade Classes and two 5th Grade Classes (about 130 Students from 10 to 14 years old and 15 Teachers)


  • Building a Website
  • Organizing Workshops/Debates
  • Organizing Campaigns
  • Art and Work Exhibitions
  • Students become Change Makers (Spirit of Initiative and Creativity)
  • Connect with other Schools to Share Ideas and Learn from others
  • A Project to be continued for the next two years

Project Based Learning

Our Website

SiteStar7 Contest

An initiative by DECO and the DNS.PT Association in partnership with: Directorate-General for Consumers, ERTE-DGE, IGAC, ANPRI, INPI, RBE, PNL2027, FCT-CIS.

2nd place in the Environmental Sustainability Category


The website was also given a note of appreciation by the Regional Education Delegate of the Algarve, Drº Alexandre Martins Lima

“The WeCycle Team has set itself an example for the school community, demonstrating that on the path to school success, effort, commitment, dedication, unity and discipline are the vehicle to achieve the deserved recognition, not forgetting the active role and entrepreneurial spirit of Ms. Prof. Manuela Teixeira, thus contributing to the valorization of Education in the district, as well as to the national projection "

Next Step: English version of our website

Educational Impact



Climate Change


The Importance of Social Media Campaigns: Spread the Word and Give the Students the Change to Make their Voice to be Heard

Celebrating Blue School Day

This Short Animation done by three students tell the story of an Old lady that is confronted with the Cruel Reality of the Pollution of her favourite beach

Short Animation Video

Hank the Crab talks about Ria Formosa's Pollution

A Trip to Ria Formosa Ebook

The Network of European Blue Schools is hosted on the official Maritime Forum website of the European Commission. You will require an EU Login and password to submit your application and participate in our online community.

European Blue School Application

European Maritime Day 2021 Make your Pledge:


Changing Mindsets and making our Students True Change Makers

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