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This was the 10th year for MEdIES to have collaborated with 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 February 2018 to June 2018, in Thessaloniki city (April 2018) and in the island of Kalimnos and Agathonisi on 28 Octover - 2 November 2018. Totally we reached to 2425 students & 307 teachers.

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 practice. Our approach is experiential and discovery-based. At the end of each intervention in the class the educational poster ‚ÄúWater cycle in the town‚ÄĚ is disseminated to students.

In Kalimnos and Agathonisi,  280 students and  76 teachers participated in the project's activities coordinated by Vassilis Psallidas.

In Thessaloniki 286 students and 31 teachers were engaged (access the report)

In Attica, a plethora of educational activitiers for students and teachers were carried out in which 1859 students participated while  200 teachers have been trained in the respective seminars and events. The activities in Athens are coordinated by Mr Vassilis Psallidas.

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.

The activities are under the educational component of the Non-Conventional Water Resources in the Mediterranean Programme led by GWP-Med and supported by the Coca Cola Foundation (in Atlanta).


Snapshots from the activities in schools:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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Early in 2018, MEdIES has once again teamed up with the National Water Awareness Centre of Malta, or ‚ÄúGhajn‚ÄĚ (= water-pond) to further strengthen the educational activities taking place at the Centre. MEdIES undertook to develop four experiential educational intervention / scenarios to compliment the learning experience offered already to the students who visit Ghajn regularly. Following an inception mission in March 2018 (more information here), the MEdIES team has developed four different scenarios, each to accompany the four existing touch screen games that are in use at Ghajn.

Between 16 and 21 December, the MEdIES staff I. Alampei, V., Malotidi and V. Psallidas visited Malta this time to ‚Äėfield-test‚Äô the newly developed scenarios with students and experts. The four scenarios that were custom-made to fit-in with the educational needs of the Centre were ‚Äėtested‚Äô on four school classes (primary and middle school level), and a group of ~15 experts and teachers. We are very pleased with our trials and we collected very useful feedback and comments to help us finalise the scenarios, together with the team of the Ghajn Centre.

All scenarios will start to be implemented at Gjahn in the coming months, while four appealing brochures to be handed to students are also being prepared. The four hands-on programmes (and brochures) are about: (a) the Water Cycle (& responsible water use); (b) Water management in the past (mostly in forts); (c) The water systems in Malta (with emphasis on the Non-Conventional Resources ); (d) the ‚Äėgreen‚Äô elements of the Gńßajn Centre itself.

Moreover, an in-service training course is foreseen to be held with Maltese teachers (September 2019).

Read more about the Ghajn Centre here: https://bit.ly/2QeGD4o

 

Snapshots of the December Activities of MEdIES at Ghajn:

 

Applying with the experts the new educ. programmes


Playing with the puppets-heros of the educ. programme about the water cycle

 

 

Playing with the puppets-heros of the educ. programme about the water cycle

 

 

"Unfolding" the water monuments of Malta ("water in the past")

 

 

Discovering the old water vessels ("water in the past")

 

 

 

 

 

Assembling a model for rainwater harvesting ("water systems/NCWRs")

 

 

Assembling a model for rainwater harvesting ("water systems/NCWRs")

 

Assembling a model for greywater recycling ("water systems/NCWRs")


 

The interior of the Ghajn Centre


 

The Ghajn Centre


 

 
 
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MEdIES was happy to facilitate two successful Trainings on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) that were organized by the EU-funded SWIM-Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism Programme, on 2 - 3 and 5 - 6 December 2018, Egypt, in cooperation with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).

The Trainings aimed to raise awareness and contribute to building the capacity of formal and non formal educators and Ministries Officers on ESD programmes, focusing on showcasing how educational projects about solid waste management (recycling, marine litter) can be designed and applied. The 100  participants (in all meetings) were primary and secondary school teachers, university professors, staff of the Ministry of Education & Technical Education and of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency as well as representatives of the Civil Society (NGOs, Associations, etc). The trainings combined presentations, group-work and experience sharing, while the participants were provided with educational resources so as to enhance their competences on how to design and deliver ESD.

On December 4th, an inter-ministerial consultation took place to discuss the ways to boost the proper implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD through its Action Plan and to align this with the existing national initiatives and programmes on ESD in the country. Actually, the two trainings and the  consultation contributed to the country’s efforts towards implementing ESD by producing  concrete recommendations on boosting the ESD components of the Egyptian Strategy on Sustainable Development (2030) to be finalised in February 2019.

Overall, the trainees obtained an understanding of the regional and global policy framework on ESD and were able to experience hands-on how a SWIM-H2020 SM priority theme (solid waste management) can be delivered within formal curricula and non-formal education schemes by developing their competences on how to design and implement an ESD programme and campaigns on topics related to sustainable management of solid waste and especially marine litter (minimisation, sustainable consumption, circular/green economy, etc.). They also had the opportunity to connect with the EuroMed-wide ‚ÄúMEdIES ‚ÄĚ network of educators.

 

Find below the basic documents of the meetings, the outcomes of the trainings' evaluation as well as some pictures from the meetings:

-  All presentations are available at: https://bit.ly/2RVfvJf

- The Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD is available here: English and Arabic

- The Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) three languages -Eng, Fr., Ar - is available here: BOOKLET

The Educational pack "Know feed act! to stop marine litter" in Arabic is available here

 

Evaluation outcomes

The trainees of both trainings voiced a very high level of satisfaction overall (average: 95%). More particularly the evaluated the various elements of the trainings as shown in the following table:

 

ORGANISATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING ISSUES

Satisfaction level using a 100% scale

2-3 December

5-6 December

A1. Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation

94,5

92,6

A2. Smooth flow of programme, efficient handling of emerging needs and attentiveness to participants concerns

92,2

94,1

A3. Presentations correspond and contribute to the planned objectives and are conducive to enhanced shared understanding and participation on addressed topics

84,4

94,9

A4. Clarity, coverage and sufficiency of concepts, objectives, anticipated outputs and outcomes

89,9

93,6

A5. The materials distributed were helpful

96,5

93,4

A6. Efficient and Effective Facilitation

91,7

91,9

A7. Overall rating of the event

95,1

94,9

 

 

Snapshots from the trainings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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SHORT REPORT OF THE TRAINING

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.

EVALUATION

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.

DOWNLOADS

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


PHOTOS

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 ‚Äď 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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This was the 4th in a series of Summer Universities that have been previously organised by MIO-ECSDE, through MEdIES, on topics related to sustainable management of Protected Areas and Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

This year focus was on tourism and local products, within the framework of green growth and sustainable development. The Summer University took place in the area of Parnon-Maleas, in Peloponnese, Greece aiming to contribute in the preparation of the nomination dossier of the region to enter the World Network of Biosphere Reserve.

The Summer Univesity was atttended by more than 56 participants from 15 countries. They followed theoretic presentations, did a series of field visits in the Parnon area, and they were also engaged in intensive group work in three thematic areas: (A) Candidature of a BR ; (B) Education for Sustainable Development in a BR; and (C) Local products and Tourism. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to interact with the locals in two public events one designed as an open consultation and the other as a public event to announce their results. The three Working Groups of the Summer University came up with useful recommendations that will be used as input to the preparation of the nomination dossier of the region.

The Summer University was co-organised and supported by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice Office); the Regional Development Company of Parnon; the Management Body of Parnon, Moustos, Mainalon and Monemvasia, the UNESCO Chair and Network of the University of Athens; the Greek National Committee of MAB/UNESCO, the Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) of Molaoi and the Mediterranean Universities Network for ESD (MedUnNET).

Read a more detailed report and download all relevant documents here: http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=1191&overRideCategory=1

 
 
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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 ‚ÄúWater for the City‚ÄĚ Programme. Specifically, a representative of the local Natural History Museum expressed the interest to ‚Äúhost‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 inception mission to the Malta Water Conservation Awareness Centre

MEdIES coordinator, Prof. Michael Scoullos, and the three MEdIES Officers, Iro Alampei, Vicky Malotidi and Vassilis Psallidas took part in a four-days mission in Malta, to explore the possibilities and specificities of the recently inaugurated National Water Conservation Awareness Centre (named 'Ghajn' in Maltese = water pond) to provide educational programmes for its visitors. Actually, following the 2017 collaboration of MEdIES with Ghajn and GWP-Med to develop four e-games that are played by the students in large touch-screen walls, in 2018 MEdIES has been entrusted to design four hands-on educational programmes, to ‚Äėcompliment‚Äô the experience of the touch screen-games.

The main topics that each of the four e-games focus on are: water cycle; water monuments; water utility; and Non-Conventional Water Resources.

During its four day inception mission at the Ghajn Centre, the MEdIES team observed groups of students and adults (experts and teachers) playing the e-games. Focus group discussions were held with all groups, to collect the needed feedback and to identify their needs and expectations for the planned educational programmes.

Following the inception mission, the MEdIES staff will propose four different scenaria, based on the principles of ESD and Museum Education (i.e. to be hands-on, student-centered, playful, inquiry-based, self-reflective, open to interpretation, etc). After agreeing with the Gjahn staff on the main axis of the four scenarios, the MEdIES staff will develop them in detail and revisit Malta to pilot them wit students before the end of 2018. We can't wait!

Snapsots from our visit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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