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The UNESCO Week for "Peace and Sustainable Development: the Role of Education" took place from 6 to 10 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, where more than 400 experts, practitioners and policymakers, as well as teachers (of UNESCO’s ASPnet) and youth delegates from across the world were gatherred to examine pedagogical approaches and teaching practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ESD and Global Citizenship Education (GCED).

From 6 to 8 March the Review Forum for the GAP and aimed to review the progress so far in the implementation of the projects/initiatives under the GAP from all  five GAP's Partner Networks. On 8 March the GAP Forum (noon) was succesfully completed  and in the afternoon, the Conference was lauched. A new publication, “Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives”, was also launched, developed by UNESCO to support policy-makers, curriculum developers and educators to promote learning for the SDGs. The 3-day Forum was organized along interactive concurrent sessions and town hall debates on different topics such as “Effective teaching and learning for transformation”, “Preparing educators for ESD” and “Emerging global issues for ESD”.

Prof Scoullos, MEdIES Coordiantor and PN1 Co-Chair participated actively in all sessions of the GAP Forum and attended the UNESCO Week as well.

The UNESCO Week was organized by UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, with additional financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

 

Read more about the events here: https://en.unesco.org/news/education-connects-peace-and-development-sustainable-ways-says-director-general-unesco-week

All information related to the GAP can be found here: http://en.unesco.org/gap

 

 

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MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES together with CMED, RAED and CERGEO have coorganised the Official Side Event entitled "The Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): how to educate youth and local communities to effectively address climate change” within the COP22 in Marakesh.

The side event was held on 14 November at Sebou Room - Green Zone (11.00 - 11.40).It aimed to explore how Education for Sustainable Development can contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the outcomes of Marrakesh COP22. Prof. Michael Scoullos, has been responsible for the organisation of the Side Event.

Read more about the event announcement here !

About 100 people have attended the Side event, proving with their presence a strong commitment towards both Climate Education as well as ESD.

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The 1st Steering Group meeting of the project "Civil Society in Action for Sustainable Development" was held on 20/09/2016 in the Makhzoumi Foundation premises, in Beirut, with the participation of all partners and primal aim to establish a common framework of understanding and communication for the project. This is actually a kind of continuation of the previous AFKAR II Project, led also by the Makhzoumi Foundation in Lebanon having MIO/MEdIES as partner. The current Project falls under “AFKAR III - Reinforcing human rights and democracy in Lebanon – Active citizenship – Increase active citizenship”, supported by the EU and managed by the Ministry of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR). Makhzoumi Foundation is leading the project and apart from MIO/MEdIES, ALMEE (Lebanese Association for Energy Saving and for Environment) and Armadilla /Italy are partners as well.

The agenda items discussed in the meeting were the following:

  • Documentary about the previous AFKAR III project “Lebanese Youth as Messengers for Sustainability.”
  • Introduction of the Project and Partners
  • Elaboration on the activities of the Project and work plan of the first year
  • Role of each Partner
  • Administrative issues

Vicky Malotidi and Vassilis Psallidas represented MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES in the meeting.


The Project aims at fostering socio-economic sustainable development in the West, Mid and North Bekaa regions of Lebanon, through raising public awareness, empowering people’s capacities and skills, and enhancing energy efficiency solutions in the communities. It covers different levels of interventions – awareness raising, education, vocational training and other services.

MEdIES has undertaken the delivery of a survey to 30 selected schools from the Bekka region targeting young people aged 15-18 years having as main scope the capturing the youth’s perceptions on current issues related to sustainable development in their region, as well as their visions for future.  In this framework, on September 21 a meeting solely dedicated to the elaboration of the draft questionnaire prepared by MEdIES took place.

Next step is the validation of the amended draft questiuonnaire by a group of external evaluators from the field of ESD and social research.

 

Snapshots from the meeting

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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Scaling-up was the theme of a meeting of more than 80 members of the Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

On 5-6 July 2016 the annual GAP Working Meeting took place in Paris while one day before, on July 4 a mmeting of the Chairs and Co Chairs of the Partner Networks was held.

During the meeting the developments of the Partner Networks were presented together with the related Flagship Projects will and workplans while the participants worked in groups and elaborated ideas on how to scale up partners' activities as well as the future steps of the GAP.

Prof Scoullos contributed actively in the meeting's sessions and made the presentation on the developments of the PN1 as one of its Co-chairs.

 

GAP Key Partners group photo during their meeting in July 2016, Paris

 

 

 

More information about the Meeting can be found here

All enssential information about the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD is presented at:

http://en.unesco.org/gap

while  you can find more information about the MEdIES participation in the GAP at:

http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=7&aID=1050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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The Annual Meeting of the UE4SD project took place on 27 June, hosted by the University of Gibralat. The meeting aimed to provide the opportunity to the partners’ representatives to discuss - in plennaries and breakout sessions -  the future steps of the network, ideas to continue supporting the ESD professional development of the university educators and opportunities to keep the legacy of the network/project “alive” .  The meeting was quite fruitful in providing concrete proposals to the coordinators and the partners as well.

The afternoon of the June 27 the Conference “Universities as Beacons of Change: Education for Sustainability lighting up pathways for a new world” started welcoming academic staff and stakeholders interested in ESD in higher education. The Conference was a contribution to the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have acknowledged that there is a need to improve support for university educators to re-orient teaching and learning for sustainable development. The Conference brought together over 100 delegates from across the world who discussed existing international and UN frameworks on ESD, the role of higher education institutions and specifically university educators in ESD processes, and on more practical level, possibilities of future networking and cooperation with each other. Topics such as professional development issues, possibilities for change, and pathways for quality and partnerships were discussed in three parallel sessions.

The conference was opened by the Minister for Health, the Environment and Climate Change, Dr John Cortes and included key presentations by Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka Rhodes University Dr Alexander Leicht UNESCO, Adriana Valenzuela UNFCCC and others. Prof Scoullos was one of panelists as well, while Ms Vicky Malotidi represented MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES.

Read more about the Confernece at: http://www.ue4sd.eu/gibraltar

 

 
 
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Drawing on the expertise of senior academics and experts we offer this 9-week course directed by Michael Scoullos, Professor University of Athens, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean.
This course leads to an official Training Certificate.

 

New e-course of the e-learning Programme of the University of Athens

"Mediterranean Food and Diet : A multidisciplinary Historic, Cultural, Environmental and Dietary Overview"

The programme is designed for people who wish to learn in depth about the Mediterranean food products and diet, their historical evolution and related cultural goods as well as the central role of food in sustainable development.

Scope: The e-course aims to introduce participants to and raise their awareness about the typical Mediterranean food products and diet, as well as the intangible cultural heritage and goods that are related to food: customs, traditions, social status, culinary practices and tools, ceremonies, and values.

Language: English taught e-learning course.

Duration: 9-week course

Content developed by: Prof Michael Scoullos, UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean/University of Athens, MEdIES Coordinator

Credits: This course leads to an official Training Certificate.

When: The course is repeated regularly during a year. CHECK for registrations and course's dates at http://elearninguoa.org/programme/Mediterranean-Food-and-Diet

For more information : Contact the E-learning Programme of the University of Athens at: info@elearninguoa.org, tel: 0030 2103689359, 0030 2103689319 , Web:  http://en.uoa.gr/

Find here a brief presentation of the e-course by Prof M.Scoullos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHd9bQncYnc

 


 
 
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Prof. Scoullos, GWP-Med and MIO-ECSDE chair participated with a key note speeah at a side event in the recent Climate Change Conference in Paris.
The event was entitled "Hydrodiplomatie et Changement Climatique pour la Paix au Moyen-Orient".
Here are some video shots of his presentation and the Questinos and Answers Part.
Prof. Scoullos, GWP-Med and MIO-ECSDE chair, participated with a key note speech during a side event in the recent Climate Change Conference in Paris.
The event entitled "Hydrodiplomatie et Changement Climatique pour la Paix au Moyen-Orient", was held on 1st December 2015. The session in which Prof. Scoullos contributed focused on "Science Diplomacy and Transboundary Water Management: The Orontes Case"

Here are some videos covering his presentation and the Questinos and Answers Part.
(Frence language is used at the beginning, but soon after the main presentaion is in English language)

 

 
 
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The Annual General meeting of the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) was held in Madrid on November 23, 2015, while on the next day (November 24) the COPERNICUS Alliance Conference took place, that focused on evaluation and assessment of higher education for sustainable development. Ms Vicky Malotidi from the MEdIES Secretariat participated in both events.

The UE4SD annual meeting focused on presenting key project outputs and outcomes, launched the publication of the Mapping on Professional Development on ESD and the Leading Practice Publication showcasing 13 best practice examples on PD on ESD targeting to university staff. The Leading Practice Publication is available at www.ue4sd.eu and also here. The Mediterranean Network on SD/ESD was selected as one of the 13 best practices in this publication and furthermore, it was presented during a special session attracting many participants’ interest.

Additionally, the participants discussed the future developments of the UE4SD focusing on the online platform of resources –including best practices, resources and materials from across the UE4SD consortium (about PD on ESD) as well as the respective Academy of Excellence (currently on trial version). Participants through interactive breakout sessions contributed to the monitoring/evaluation of the project, as today and they reflected on the communication and dissemination methods applied so far. Last meeting of the project will be held in late June 2016 and will be hosted by the University of Gibraltar.

To obtain more information about the programme and to download the publications visit: www.ue4sd.eu

 

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One of the creative ways to teach and inform has since 18 years been sailing with students and teachers: the student SAIL course. Every year close to 40 members of our network, both students and teachers, representing 14 countries, gather on board a tall ship and get a unique possibility to teach and learn, broaden their views, get rid of prejudice, socialize, strengthen their personalities, test their own limits and prove their abilities - sail together in storms and sunny days and nights, train their body and mind, share friendship for life, work together as a team beyond nationalities, age differences, positions and titles, share duties during watches, educate and experience Sustainability Applied in International Learning - SAIL.

This year the SAIL event was organised between 25 June and 2 July 2015.

Mrs Anna Savvopoulou, MEdIES member of the Greek Pedagogocal Team, has joined the Sail for Teachers, that had in total 38 participants.Mrs Savvopoulou presented the MEdIES Network to the participants, as well as the Educational material: “Know, Feel, Act! To Stop Marine Litter.”

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MEdIES has been officially invited by UNESCO to be one of the members of the GAP Partner Networks, by joinning the Network on Priority Action Area 1: “Advancing policy”.

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD was launched during the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, (2014). The Roadmap for Implementing the GAP explaining its 5 Priority Action Areas can be found here http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230514e.pdf

Within this Roadmap (post-2015 period) UNESCO has set up 5  “Partner Networks” (one for each Priotiry Areas) that will help to implement the GAP. They are consisted of a limited number of strategically selected key ESD stakeholders whose actions are expected to have a catalytic effect.

Prof. Michael Scoullos, MEdIES Coordinator, co-chairs the Partner Network 1, the one of “Advancing Policy” priority area. He participated in the 1st Meeting of the GAP Partner Networks in Paris , at the UNESCO Offices, on 26-27 May.

During this 1st consultation meeting, the function of the Partner Networks was discussed in the plenary and during the breakout sessions proposals for particular workplans and joint activities for each Network were elaborated.

 


 
 
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