The necessity for Environmental Education was recognised when the residents of various regions of the planet began to face obviously worsening environmental problems. In America and Europe Environmental Education has been part of school programmes since the 70’s.

Kritou Terra is situated in the Paphos district, on the northern edge of the high Laona plateau within the Akamas Peninsula at the western tip of the island. The village is experiencing all the current problems of the Cypriot countryside, the largest of these being a dramatic decline in population due to emigration overseas and the lure of jobs in the major urban centres and tourist resorts. It has fallen from over 800 to under 100 in the last fifty years, with the result that the school was forced to close in 1982.

The ESC took on the restoration and furnishing of the school with the financial support of the A.G.Leventis Foundation and the European Union. As a result of the ESC’s presence, many groups of young students arrive in the village every month to stay and study the environment of the region, and this has been seen as a major turning point in the fortunes of the village, bringing new prospects for the future and encouraging the restoration of other abandoned houses and features around the village.