Ministers’ Encourage Young People to Become ‘PROUD’ Detectives and Investigate Plastic Waste in Their Schools

The Minister for Education has lent her support to the Education Authority’s school competition inviting pupils to investigate the use and disposal of single use plastic in their schools. The competition is run in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Queens University Belfast, Department of Education (DE) and Eco Schools (KNIB).

Pupils will act as Plastic Reduction Organisation Ultra Detectives (PROUD) within their school, undertaking an investigation into how waste is produced, its costs and wider impact on the environment. Pupils will have to collate the evidence and report back on how they plan to reduce their environmental impact in their school.

The competition is open to Key Stage 2 (P5 to P7) and Key Stage 3 (Year 8 to Year 10) pupils, with the winning entries earning their ‘PROUD’ Detective Badge and sharing a total prize fund of £2000 prize money. If schools wish to take part they can register interest via the website or by sending an email to

Monetary prizes will be awarded to schools placed 1st (£800), 2nd (£500) and 3rd (£250), and £150 prize money for ‘Highly Commended’ 1 x Primary, 1 x Post Primary and 1 x Special School sponsored by DAERA, Eco Schools (KNIB), and Queens University Belfast.

Entries must be submitted by the closing date, Wednesday 25th May 2022.