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European educators feel empowered to act against marine litter: This is one of the key messages of the week long course that took place from 7th to 13th October 2018, in Athens Greece. The training course brought together 24 teachers and adult trainers form Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Malta. During the week-long course, the participants had the opportunity to be acquainted with various educational tools, follow lectures, participate in hands-on workshops, do a series of site visits including a beach clean-up and monitoring and, finally come up with their own plans for projects to sensitize their target groups on the issue of marine litter.

Why should the European teaching community be concerned with the Marine Litter problem? Two-thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, and marine litter, especially plastic, is found in all of them, even in isolated, pristine environments. It poses a threat not only to the health of our seas and coasts but also to our economy and our communities. We call it "marine" because it ends up in the sea, but most of this litter is generated by land-based activities, often far away from the shoreline. Stopping the flow of litter into our seas concerns everyone and the best place to start tackling this global problem is on land.

There is lot to be done to tackle the complex problem on a global scale, including targeted policies, law enforcement, green design of products, concerted country actions, etc. Admittedly education of youth and sensitization of the general public on adopting ocean-friendly behaviors is one of the key actions needed. At the end of the course our participant teachers declared they have understood the scale of the problem and that they feel ready and empowered to act on it together with their students.


The evaluation done through anonymous questionnaires revealed a high level of satisfaction (3.63 on an 4 point scale), while 24 out of the 25 respondents declared they would absolutely recommend the course to a colleague. Still, there is room for improvement of the course content: Most trainees asked to further increase the workshops and hands-on sessions compared to the theoretic sessions, as well as the interactions with the Greek teachers, possibly through including some school visits in the daily programme.


The detailed agenda of the course: Download it here

The places of interest (visits) pinned on a map.

The press release IN ENGLISH

The press release IN GREEK


Here below a few snaphots from our training's sessions:

Discovering the MARLISCO Exhibition on Marine Litter, currently hosted by the Municipality of Nikaia-Renti at the Village Park, Nikaia, Attiki

At the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMPEPA) Exhibition @ Peiraus

Beach clean-up and monitoring using the EEA MarineLitterWatch App

A truck all filled up with the seafloor litter that the divers team "We Dive We Clean" have collected (in total 650 Kg)

Puppet workshop on the Mediterranean tutle Caretta-caretta and the litter marine issue by MEDASSET

Making our own pins and bookmarks from old paper magazines guided by Shedia-Art team

Designing our own projects on Marine Litter and Education for Sustainable Development

Discovering the history of the Sounion Temple during the sunset time guided by Sophia Roc Mella, Director of the Handicraft-Industrial Educational Museum

At the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in front of the submarine!!!

The training course has been organised by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (www.mio-ecsde.org) through its education initiative MEdIES (www.medies.net) and the UNESCO Chair and Network of the University of Athens (http://unescochair.chem.uoa.gr/). The trainees supported their participation through the KA1 (Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals) of Erasmus+

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The MARLISCO Exhibition on marine litter has been set up again! From 1st October to 15th December 2018 it will be displayed in the Village Multiplex (exhibition space of Nikaia – A.I. Rentis municipality), aiming to raise awareness of visitors on the 'hot' issue of marine litter.

Regular visits from schools of the region are scheduled! Stay tuned!

For school appointments (only for schools of the Nikaia A.I. Rentis Municipality): Tel 213 20 75 334 & 213 20 75 335

Opening hours for free visitors: Tuesday, Thursday: 15.00-19.00; Wednesday: 17.00-21.00, Saturday: 10.00-14.00

The Exhibtion is bilingual (Eng - Greek) and entranve is FREE!

CO-ORGANISERS: The entire program of the 2.5 month display, the school visits and 2 teacher trainings are coorganised by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, the Nikaia A.I. Rentis Municipality; the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Pereus; and the UNESCO Chair and Network of the UoA.

Access the content (all banners) of the MARLISCO Exhibition in 14 languages.

See where the Exhibition has been displayed in Greece.

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Invited by the local Municipal Public Enterprise for Education & Development, on the island of Mykonos (KDEPPAM), MEdIES co-organised two activities for the students and the public on the 1st June 2018.

In the morning, from 9.00 to 11.00, 50 5th grade students with their teachers, from the 1st Primary School collected about 75 kg (17 bags) of trash, mostly plastic, in the beach of Platis Gialos. It should be noted that the clean-up was done in the touristic period, in a beach that gets frequently cleaned by the Municipality, therefore the amount of the collected items was a surprise to all of us. The students promised to come back and monitor the litter on the beach regularly.

In the afternoon, MEdIES officer, Mr Psallidas gave two presentations on current Challenges and Solutions relating to Water and Waste Management in islands. Apparently, during the last few years the island of Mykonos, due to its constant and increasing tourist flow is under strong environmental pressures all year round.

MEdIES would like to thank Mr Antonis Roumeliotis (KDEPPAM) and the Mykonos Municipality for their invitation and co-organisation, and the educators and students of the island for taking part in the clean-up. The clean-up has been recorded (by HELMEPA) as part of the Let's Clean Up Europe Campaign.

Snapshots from the activities (photo credits V. Psallidas):

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From 24 to 27 April 2018, MEdIES visited the city of Thessaloniki within the Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in Greece (coordinated also by the GWP-Med) to implement awareness raising activities on issues related to the non-conventional water resources.

The activities included school visits and a teachers’ training semiar, and  were organised in close cooperation with the ESD Officers of Primary and Secondary School Education Departments of the Eastern Thessaloniki sub-region. MEdIES activities target mainly the students of late primary and early high school level (10-13 years old), aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting and water recycling. MEdIES approach is experiential, hands-on and discovery-based.

Totally 286 students participated in the activities that took place in seven (7) different schools of Thessaloniki (6 Primary schools and 1 High-School, most of which located in the area of Kato Toumpa) and animated by MEdIES Officers Ms Iro Alampei, Ms Vicky Malotidi and Mr Vassilis Psallidas. Additionally, on April 25, a training seminar for the teachers was organised as well; 31 teachers were engaged in the MEdIES activities in Thessaloniki.

It seems that both teachers and students who took part in the activities enjoyed the programme and found it useful and important, based on the anonymous evaluation in which they participated (see some characteristic quotes from the students’ questionnaires that follow).

Snapshots from the activities carried out in the schools





















Teachers' seminar in Thessaloniki...















I can protect water by....(from the students' questionnaires)












...not letting the taps running when washing hands, brushing teeth, taking a shower, etc., by using rainwater in the flush toilet and in the yard; not overwatering the garden; adding a brick in the toilet flush; letting other people and children know about all these!!!

(from all the things we 've done today, I mostly appreciated how important and limited is water...)

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In the framework of the Water for the City Program (coordinated by GWP-Med) on 23 April 2018 the closing meeting of the MEdIES educational Activities in Alexandroupolis took place, in the 3rd High-School of Alexandroupolis, in cooperation with the ESD Officers of the Primary and Secondary Education Directory of Evros.

The meeting aimed to present the activities that have taken place in the past two years (2017-2018) in the schools of Alexandroupolis municipality (primary and early secondary schools); to discuss the extent to which the WfC Programme supported the teachers’ work in ESD; and to discuss possible follow up activities.

A few months after the full operation of the website of neroupoli (= water-city) the content, functionality, and traffic to the website was presented and discussed. Despite the admittedly low participation of teachers (12 individuals) during the meeting, there was a useful discussion and feedback from the practitioner teachers on ways how to use the website with their students.

Also some interesting ideas were discussed regarding the follow up of the educational component of “Water for the City” Programme. Specifically, a representative of the local Natural History Museum expressed the interest to “host” the WfC educational intervention (and hands-on) and integrate it in their own guided visits with the students. This progress proves that the local community has truly embraced and valued the educational component of the WfC project. The pledge and final decision will be taken in the summer of 2018, so that the WfC material will start to be used by the Museum’s educators from the next school year on.

The MEdIES Secretariat thankful to the ESD Officers of the Primary Educational Directory of Evros, Mr A. Palavouzopoulos and for Secondary, respectively, Ms Sofia Tsiropoulou for the smooth collaboration during the past two years. We are also very thankful to the local educator, Ms Matina Vezyrtzi that embraced the program and implemented it professionally, practically in all the schools of the municipality.

Snapshot from the meeting:

Water for the City" is a two year programme (2016-2018) implemented in Alexandroupolis, Greece by the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in cooperation with  the local Municipality, the local Water & Sewage Service (DEYAA), and MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, specifically for its educational component.

Learn more about the entire programme: www.waterforthecity.net.

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MEdIES will run a week-long ESD targeted training course for formal and non-formal educators from European countries and beyond on the topic of Marine Litter Education !

Dates: Sunday 7/10/2018 – Saturday 13/10/2018

Venue: The course will take place in Athens, Greece. The indoor sessions will be held at the premises of MIO-ECSDE, in the historical centre of Athens, while the outdoor sessions will take place in and around the city of Athens.

Theme of training

The course will combine short theory sessions and a lot of workshops, field visits, hands-on, and group-work sessions. It will strat from a common “core” instruction on the principles of ‘Education for Sustainable Development’, in light of the SDG agenda, followed by a specialisation on marine litter education, based on the Pack "Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter"

What is the Cost?

Please estimate a total participation cost, depending on your country or origin, ranging  between 1000 - 1500 Euro. That includes tuition fees, travel, accomodation and meals. 
The tuition fee (for MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, can be coverd by KA1 mobility grants) is 490 Euro and

  • INCLUDES the week-long tuition fees, one hard-copy of the material “ALTER AQUA” or "Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter" in the English language, Wifi equipped meeting venue, coffee breaks & certificate.
  • DOES NOT include: hotel accommodation, meals, airport-hotel transfers, cost for any transfer during the course (for study visits, etc.), entrance to musuems and archeological sites, other sundry expenses.

How do I register?

Support through the KA1 mobility grants of Erasmus plus is no longer possible (yearly deadline for applications is January), but you may be interesetd to self-fund your participation. Only online registrations are valid. The deadline for registrations is one month before the training session, that is on 7 September 2018. LINK HERE.

Recommeded flights (from Malta) and hotels.

This year (October 2018) we are very happy to welcome in the training course a high representation of Maltese educators. We have prepared a document with recomended flights and hotels.
Please consult it before you book your flights and make your reservations. LINK HERE.

NEW UPLOADS (as of 14/9/2018)

The detailed agenda of the training course. Download it here (Final version as of 4/10/2018)

The places of interest pinned on a map.

Some travel tips while organising your trip to Athens.

What do you expect to gain / learn/ share / do ... throughout this course? Share your thoughts here.

Do not hesitate to email us for any clarifications needed on the course content or registration info[at]medies[dot]net

The MEdIES team

Iro Alampei - Vicky Malotidi - Vassilis Psallidas


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This was the 9th year for MEdIES to have collaborated with the Mission Water Environmental Programme and GWP-Med* to implement educational activities in schools and teacher trainings. This year’s activities took place mainly in the wider area of Athens from Januarly 2017 to June 2017 and in the island of Kithira on 11-13 December 2017.

As in previous years, the educational activities in the schools targeted mainly primary and early high school students, aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting and the greywater recycling. Our approach is experiential and discovery-based. At the end of each intervention in the class the educational poster “Water cycle in the town” is disseminated to students.

In Kythira303 students and 19 teachers participated in the project's activities. Ms Iro Alampei and Mr Vassilis Psallidas coordinated the activities in the island.

Additionally, a plethora of educational activitiers for students and teachers were carried out in Athens in which 1659 students participated while 372 teachers have been trained in the respective seminars and events. The activities in Athens are coordinated by Mr Vassilis Psallidas.



* The overall Rainwater Harvesting Programme is led by GWP-Med within tthe wider environmental programme Mission Water (APOSTOLH NERO) of the Coca Cola System in Greece.

All educational activities are organised in collaboration with the Departments of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the respective Directorates of the Ministry of Education, Research adn Religious Affairs.


Snapshots from the 2017 activities in Athens and Kythira island:





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Between 11 and 13 December 2017, MEdIES staff visited the wonderful island of Kythira within the Mission Water Environmental Programme of GWP-Med, to implement water sensitisation activities in schools.

MEdIES’ intervention targets mainly the students of late primary and early high school level, aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting in cisterns. Our approach is experiential and discovery-based.

Responding to the high demand for the intervention by the local teachers, we decided this year to satisfy as many as possible requests, and talked to younger as well as older students than our usual target group. Actually, in our mission we had interesting conversations of the entire student population of the island, ranging from 1st Class of primary school (7 yrs old) up to 2nd Lyceum (16 yrs old), totalling 303 students and 19 teachers.

Ms Iro Alampei and Mr Vassilis Psallidas were the two MEdIES trainers for this mission.

View below snapshots of the activity in schools:


Vew velow selected impressions of students (A and B primary school level) through their drawings:

Water in forts: Drawing of Ermioni, student of 2nd Primary level class

The cistern and the well, the most important elements in a castle.


Rainwater harvesting cistern in a house: Drawing of Arentina, student of 3nd Primary level class

The rainwater harversing cistern in a home.

The water cycle: Drawing of Sofia, student of 3rd Primary Class

The water cycle!

View below some written replies to the evaluation questionnaire (in Greek language).

Q1: How can you "protect" water?

... not leting it run and not throwing any grabage in it, third grade of primary school, Γ τάξη ΔΣ

... by economising it, by re-using it in another use, not leting it go to waste, third grade of secondary school, Γ τάξη Γυμνασίου


Q2: From all we did today I found most interesting ...

... that we have a lot of water in our body, third grade of primary school, Γ τάξη ΔΣ

... that I understood why we don't always have water, third grade of primary school, Γ τάξη ΔΣ

... that they used to throw eels to keep clean the water in a cistern from microbes, second grade of secondary school, B τάξη Γυμνασίου.

...the way the hydrological cycle functions, second grade of Lyceum, Β Λυκείου.



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The Regional Training on ESD / 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Committee on ESD, 22-24 November 2017  was succesfully held under the organisation and the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus and the SWIM-H2020 SM Programme, and with the technical support and secretariat of the MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE and the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean (University of Athens). The meeting took place as a follow-up on the outcomes of the Ministerial Conference in Cyprus (December 2016) and thus, served a two-fold purpose: (a) To review and discuss how the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD has been used/integrated/valued within the existing Programmes/Projects/Initiatives of the countries and the associated International and Regional organisations, one year after its adoption; (b) To provide the opportunity to exchange know-how and experiences on the latest developments on ESD and its role to achieve the SDGs by the countries.

60 representatives of Ministries of Education, Environment, Civil Society Organisations as well as of UNESCO Paris, UNESCO Office in Venice, UN Environment/MAP, UNECE, Secretariat of UfM and League of Arab States, participated in the meeting. 18 countries of the region were represented, namely: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Hergegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia.

During the three days the participants discussed their experiences on ESD national plans and programmes and SDGs strategies. The meeting gave also the opportunity to the Mediterranean Committee on ESD to review how the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD has been used, integrated, valued within these existing Programmes, Projects, Initiatives, focusing mainly at regional level (presentation made by Prof M Scoullos) and by the countries and the associated International and Regional organisations, one year after its adoption.

The participants voiced a high level (95%) of overall satisfaction. The delegates mostly valued the presentation of the state-of-the-art of ESD in the countries as well as the opportunities that were given for networking and cooperation. They also praised for the commitment and the work that has been done by the countries and regional/international organizations and  the support provided by the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and the technical support provided by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES.

The meeting successfully ended  by identifying common areas of challenges in the application of ESD at national and regional level and proposing ideas for the way forward at the regional level, as regards the promotion and application of the AP/MSESD and its Committee. Additionally the representatives of the International Organisations reconfirmed their will to further support the process of promotion and application of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD and its Action Plan.


Download the proceedings of the meeting

On 22 November 2017, a Joint meeting of Parliamentarians, Ministries’ Officials & Stakeholders from the Mediterranean countries  took place at the House of the Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus (15.30-17.30) offering the unique chance to participants to discuss possible synergies in the field of Education and Sustainable Development. The Session was chaired by the vice President of the House of the Representatives, Mr Adamos Adamou. The outcomes of the discussion will be  further shared with the Parliaments of the Mediterranean countries by the House of the Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.

Find here the Outcomes of the special session in the House of the Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.


Parliament Session 22 November 2017



Snapshot from the meeting






Awarding of the certificates of attendace



Family photo


More photos from the meeting are accessible at this link: http://www.esdmedcyprus.pi.ac.cy/

Find a press release for the EU SWIM-H2020 Meetings that took place within the week: 20-24 November 2017 in English and in Arabic

Find a press article from UNESCO dedicated to the meeting here  https://en.unesco.org/news/mediterranean-countries-discuss-progress-education-sustainable-development

The presentations can be accessed from here: https://www.swim-h2020.eu/22-24-november-2017-nicosia-cyprus-swim-h2020-sm-regional-training-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/


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MEdIES was happy to facilitate a successful Training on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) that was organized by the EU-funded SWIM-Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism, on 12-13 November 2017, in Algiers, Algeria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.

Algeria has already set up an inter-ministerial committee (Ministries of Education, Environment and Water) to draft a National Strategy for Sustainable Development until 2030. Within this Strategy, education, and specifically ESD plays a key role through targeted programmes (on topics like water, wastes, and green economy) and through cultivating the much needed "2nd generation life skills" in students. In this respect, in the next two years (2017-2018) an extended capacity building for teachers will take place (pre-service, in service, and for special audiences). Let’s not forget that the country has about 12.000 green clubs for a total of 9 million students, so the impact of any nationwide intervention will be immense.

The training aimed to raise awareness and contribute to building the capacity of Algerian teachers and administration staff on the design and implementation of ESD programmes. It focused on showcasing how educational projects about e.g. the “sustainable institution” or the use of non-conventional water can be designed and applied in various work-environments (schools, universities, offices, etc).

The training introduced the Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) and explored how its recently adopted Action Plan could be effectively applied in country. The training combined presentations, group-work and experience sharing, while the participants were provided with educational materials and other ESD resources so as to enhance their competences on how to design and deliver ESD.

In total, 39 formal and non-formal educators and administrators took part, including primary and secondary school teachers, staff of relevant Ministries (Environment, Water and Education) as well as Civil Society Organizations. The training will help the trainees in using sound ESD methodologies and in integrating the sustainability culture in their institutions (in management, synergies with the local society, teaching content, and infrastructure).


The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows:


Satisfaction level from Excellent to Poor

Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation

88.9 %

Smooth flow of programme, efficient handling of emerging needs and attentiveness to participants concerns

82.4 %

Presentations correspond and contribute to the planned objectives and are conducive to enhanced shared understanding and participation on addressed topics

77.8 %

Clarity, coverage and sufficiency of concepts, objectives, anticipated outputs and outcomes

81.5 %

The materials distributed were helpful

81.5 %

Efficient & Effective Facilitation

79.6 %

Overall rating of the event

84.3 %

Most of the participants valued learning about of SD and ESD concepts (knowledge) as well as improving their capacities in designing their own ESD projects (skills). They stressed their satisfaction on being informed of Mediterranean wide initiatives and stakeholders (i.e. SWIM H2020 SM, MIO-ECSDE, MEdIES), the sustainable institution approach, as well as the demonstrated hands-on resources on non conventional water. Many declared they would convey the training content to their colleagues, offices, their work with students, in the press etc.

As expected, group work and interactive sessions were considered the most interesting parts of the training, while many of the trainees requested to set setting up a specific follow up platform to monitor their ESD work as a result of this training.

The trainees are now registered and interconnected through the MEdIES network.



- Download all the PRESENTATIONS (PPT) here.

- Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) in three languages (EnglishFrench and Arabic).

- Action Plan to the MSESD in English and French language.

Learning Objectives for Achieving the SDGs (in ENGLISH, UNESCO, 2017).


View Snapshots of the Event:


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