SCAN (Schools and Sustainable Communities Agenda 21 Network) was created in 1993
at St Clears Teacher's Resource Centre for West Wales with funds from the
Countryside Council for Wales, Dyfed County Council and Texaco Pembroke Oil Refinery.
The stimulus was the Children’s Agenda 21 that emerged from the Rio Environment Summit
SCAN was designed by a group of Pembrokeshire teachers to act as an online focus for
community action in the context of curriculum targets being integrated with neighbourhood
objectives for the Local Agenda 21. The assumption was that schools working with the
communities they serve could play a key role in the introduction of sustainable development
principles into everyday living. SCAN's first community action plan was produced by Johnston
Primary School, and activated the local authority to make significant environmental improvements
in the village. Links were made with the European Schools Network based in Portugal for pupils
to compare their concerns about environment and spread ideas about how they could be tackled l
ocally by school and community working together.
Through initial pump priming by Countryside Council for Wales, SCAN thrives to this day as
part of the National Museum’s education service in Cardiff. It is a good working example of
how to organise and sustain an on-line bilingual interactive distance-learning network with national
coverage. There is nothing like it elsewhere in Europe.