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Nature for Water

This year’s theme of WWD is "Nature for Water" calling to explore how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world: Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.

Neglecting our ecosystems is making it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of the water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible.Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.

Find out more about WWD 2018 at http://worldwaterday.org

Find out ideas for ESD activities and projects on Water by (re)visiting MEdIES activities material and our online Watercity www.water-polis.gr (only in Greek)!

"Psalidi" Wetland in Kos Island, Greece


 
 
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The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now it is in crisis – because of us. What does this mean for our future and can we stop it?

by  Environment editor

Read more here.

 
 
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On the 10th anniversary of the first massive open online course, here’s a thoughtful article by Diane Peters of University Affairs on MOOCs’ evolution.

 

 
 
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Under the title Education: Still searching for Utopia?, the January-March 2018 issue of the UNESCO Courier, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, evaluates the state of global education and explores how it responds to some of the main challenges we face. It approaches the question “Can education really change lives?” from several different angles and the perspectives of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, journalists, professors and scientists.

Link to the English Version of Courier.

The issue is available online in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

 
 
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With forced displacement reaching historic levels, schools all over the world are welcoming increasing numbers of refugee children. Teachers are facing new challenges in making sense of forced displacement and its complexities. With refugees and migrants regularly making headlines in the media and the internet bustling with information on the topic, explaining the situation of refugees and migrants to primary and secondary school children has become part of many educators’ daily work.
In addition, training and guidance for teachers with refugees in their classrooms is not always based on best practice, and is not always easily available.
This UNHCR portal offers resources to help teachers create a welcoming environment for refugee pupils and to help explain the meaning of refugee, asylum, migration and statelessness to school children aged 6 – 18.

With forced displacement reaching historic levels, schools all over the world are welcoming increasing numbers of refugee children. Teachers are facing new challenges in making sense of forced displacement and its complexities. With refugees and migrants regularly making headlines in the media and the internet bustling with information on the topic, explaining the situation of refugees and migrants to primary and secondary school children has become part of many educators’ daily work.

In addition, training and guidance for teachers with refugees in their classrooms is not always based on best practice, and is not always easily available.

This UNHCR portal offers resources to help teachers create a welcoming environment for refugee pupils and to help explain the meaning of refugee, asylum, migration and statelessness to school children aged 6 – 18.

http://www.unhcr.org/teaching-about-refugees.html


 
 
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Do you also want to scale-up sustainability efforts at your university? Now, students and staff have the chance to apply for an online course that rootAbility and Leuphana University Lüneburg is running for students and staff who want to establish a sustainability hub, based on the Green Office Model. A Green Office (GO) informs, connects and supports students (and staff) to act on sustainability at their university and beyond.

The model won the UNESCO Prize on Education for Sustainable Development.

They are now launching an online course to help you establish your Green Office. The course is interesting for all:

  • Volunteer-led sustainability student or staff groups who want to learn how to get more institutional support, access and mandate for their sustainability efforts
  • Individual sustainability staff who want to establish a central hub working on sustainability, rather than just working on sustainability as a lone champion
  • Well-established and resourced staff-led sustainability teams, who are interested in setting-up a student-led sustainability team that works alongside them on student engagement and communication.

Find more information on the GO Model on www.GreenOfficeMovement.org, including 23 case studies of existing GOs. The model is open-source, freely available to everyone and you have the opportunity to join our international network.

The online course is also free of charge – thanks to our sponsor. Click for more information and course registration. Registration deadline is 14.02.2018

 

 
 
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In 2015, 193 countries committed to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, a shared vision of humanity that provides the missing piece of the globalisation puzzle. The extent to which that vision becomes a reality will in no small way depend on what is happening in today’s classrooms. Indeed, it is educators who hold the key to ensuring that the SDGs become a real social contract with citizens.
In 2015, 193 countries committed to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, a shared vision of humanity that provides the missing piece of the globalisation puzzle. The extent to which that vision becomes a reality will in no small way depend on what is happening in today’s classrooms. Indeed, it is educators who hold the key to ensuring that the SDGs become a real social contract with citizens.
Goal 4, which commits to quality education for all, is intentionally not limited to foundation knowledge and skills, such as literacy, mathematics and science, but emphasises learning to live together sustainably. This has inspired the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the global yardstick for success in education, to include global competence in its metrics for quality, equity and effectiveness in education. PISA will assess global competence for the first time ever in 2018.

 

 

Read more: https://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.gr/2017/12/educating-our-youth-to-care-about-each.html?spref=fb

 
 
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The partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth has developed several Kits on different aspects linked among others with European citizenship, transforming conflict, social inclusion, management, evaluation etc

The training kits (so far 12) are thematic publications written by experienced youth trainers. They are easy-to-use handbooks for use in training and study sessions.

T-Kits are produced in English. Some of them are also available in French or German.

View the List of Available T-Kits:

http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/t-kits

 
 
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A debate platform powered by reason

Kialo cuts through the noise typically associated with social and online media, making it easy to engage in focused discussion.


If you are a teacher and use IT in class, this can be a very useful tool to start and develop an online  discussion with your class, and follow the arguments raised online.

A visit to their website is highly recommended: www.kialo.com

 
 
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ation: Meeting our commitments shows that youth play a vital role holding governments responsible for equitable quality education.
The fifth GEM Youth Report not only considers how accountability applies to, and can be applied by, young people, but also shares stories from notable young people around the world who are helping to hold their governments to account for quality, equitable education.

 

The 2017-2018 YOUTH GEM Report on "Accountability in Education: Meeting our commitments" was released!!

The report shows that youth play a vital role holding governments responsible for equitable quality education.

It is the fifth GEM Youth Report that has been prepared; It focuses on how accountability applies to, and can be applied by, young people, through sharing stories from notable young people around the world who are helping to hold their governments to account for quality, equitable education.

The full report can be accessed here

while further information can be found at http://gem-report-2017.unesco.org/en/youth-report/

 

 
 
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