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We would like to inform all our Europe based members and beyond, that MEdIES intends to run a week-long ESD targeted training course for formal and non-formal educators from European countries and beyond!

It is eligible to be 100% funded by the Erasmus+ programme (including travel, subsistence and tuition fee), under Key Action 1 (KA1 - mobility). If you are based in Europe, grab the opportunity to get full funding to attend (submit your request to your National Erasmus+ Office by 01/02/2018).


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


Theme of training

The training course will combine short theory sessions and a lot of workshops, field visits, hands-on, and group-work session. It will Include a common “core” instruction on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’, in light of the SDG agenda, followed by two specializations:

(1) on using the Pack "Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter"

(2) on using Non-Conventional Water Resources Management for applying Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in formal and non formal education


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.

 

Tuition fee

The fee is 490 (EURO) and

  • INCLUDES the week-long tuition fees, one hard-copy of the material “ALTER AQUA” 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.), other sundry expenses.


How do I pre-register?

Only online registrations are valid. The deadline for registrations is one month before the training session, that is on 7 September 2018.

(1) For Marine Litter Education: Course description & online registration HERE.

(2) For Non-Conventional Water Education: Course description & online registration HERE.


Who can get the Erasmus+ funding?

EU based schools, vocational and adult education organisations, as well as NGOs, museums etc. are all eligible to receive full funding to attend this course under a KA1 mobility grant, provided they have a PIC. Check with your Erasmus+ National Agency to verify if your institution is eligible as sending organisation under KA1.

Alternatively you can fundraise yourself to support your participation (e.g. through your home institution, a donor, a scholarship, etc). The estimated total participation cost, depending on your country or origin, may range between 1000 - 1500 Euro.


Which are the steps to apply for the Erasmus+ Grant?

  1. Check with your National Office or Agency if you (and your institution) is eligible to apply.
  2. Read carefully the Erasmus+ guide, notably the sections related to KA1.
  3. Ensure that your Institution has a PIC code. This is mandatory to participate in Erasmus+. Find here the guidelines on how to register.
  4. Download the application form from your national agency website.
  5. Write a complete and detailed proposal elaborating carefully your training needs and the expected impact. Have in mind that filling this application requires some time investment form your part; do not leave it for the last days.
  6. Submit the application online before the annual Erasmus+ deadline (01/02/2018).

What if I am not eligible, or too late to apply for Erasmus+?

If you are interested to take part but e.g. you come from a non-eligible country for Erasmus+ or missed the deadline, you may raise funds to support your participation (e.g. via your home institution, a donor, a scholarship, etc.).


The SchoolEducationGateway platform

We would like to inform you, especially if you are a teacher, that the course has been uploaded also in the SchoolEducationGateway platform, specifically

(1)   For the specialization on marine litter education here
(2)   For the specialisation on Non Conventional Water Resources here

 

Interested trainees should move very fast, as the deadline of 01/02/18 to apply for an Erasmus+ grant to support your participation is very close!

Thank you in advance for disseminating this announcement to teachers and NGO staff that would be willing to participate, particularly from the eligible countries for Erasmus+.

Do not hesitate to ask us for any clarifications needed on the course content or the process of registration.


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.


The Agenda of the meeting can be found here

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/


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 Agenda of the Session at the Parliament. More information will be soon available here: http://www.esdmedcyprus.pi.ac.cy/

 

 

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

 
 
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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).


EVALUATION STATISTICS

The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows:

ORGANISATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING ISSUES

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.

 

USEFUL DOWNLADS

- 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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MEdIES was very happy to facilitate two ToT courses on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Tunisia, organized under the EU-funded SWIM-Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism, in Tunis (16-17 October) and Tozeur (19-20 October), respectively.

Tunisia has a long lasing and robust tradition in implementing environmental education (EE) programs in the schools, in environmental clubs and through a high number of active Civil Society Organisations. Apparently, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has not yet been integrated in school curricula, let alone in public awareness activities and campaigns.

The specific ToT courses had a dual scope:

  • On one hand they aimed to introduce the Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) and explored how its recently adopted Action Plan could be effectively applied in the country. Read more about the MSESD here.
  • On the other hand, they aimed to build the capacities of teachers to design implement and monitor their own ESD activities based on the needs of their actual institutions. Meanwhile the example of designing and running systematically ESD activities on Non-Conventional-Water-Resources was in depth analyzed.

Both courses were very well attended with the total participants exceeding our expectations and reaching 60 in Tunis, and 55 in Tozeur. About half of them were practitioner-teachers, the rest being either NGO staff or administration staff, representing both Ministries of Education and Environment.

The courses combined presentations, group-work and experience sharing, while the participants were provided with educational materials and other ESD resources (in E-form). Hopefully the courses 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).

Evaluation was done by means of an anonymous questionnaire.


EVALUATION STATISTICS

The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows:


ORGANISATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING ISSUES

Satisfaction level from Excellent to Poor

TUNIS
(16-17 Oct)

TOZEUR
(19-20 Oct)

Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation

87.5%

85.4%

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

80.9%

83.8%

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

78.9%

80.0%

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

79.6%

78.8%

The materials distributed were helpful


74.3%

76.9%

Efficient and Effective Facilitation


80.3%

85.6%

Overall rating of the event


82.2%

81.9%

Many of them declared that after the training they feel more inspired, skilled and confident in planning, and implementing their own ESD projects. They appreciated the new knowledge gained about ESD, MSESD, the Horizon programme etc., as well as the pedagogic tools shared especially on the Non-Conventional Water topics. Many considered the content of the training highly adaptable for schools, environmental clubs and NGO field-work. A not-negligible part of them declared they have already some concrete ideas about future projects, with students, parents, and the public. As expected, group work, the interactive sessions and the mutual sharing of experiences amongst us were considered the most interesting aspects of the training.

For improving our future work, it was proposed to present and work on even more case studies and ESD examples from other countries of the region, to extend the training days in order to include field-visits in schools and to hold dedicated session on topics such as fund raising, health and security topics.

All participants are now registered and interconnected through the MEdIES network.

Last but not least, we would like to sincerely thank the local organisers, namely Mr Mohamed Abaza and Mr Radhi Guesmi for supproting us in the organisation of the training.

Yet another ToT for formal and non-formal educators is in the pipeline according to the SWIM-H2020 SM Work plan on “Awareness/Education for Sustainable Development”, this time in Algeria.




DOWNLOADS & LINKS

Link to the PRESENTATIONS (PPTs) of both Trainings

E-GAME informel "Mon objet de développement durable" https://padlet.com/ialampei/2017_JO_my_sust_object

Download  PHOTOS in high resolution for A. training in Tunis and B. training in Tozeur


BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS AND LITERATURE

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

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

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



SNAPSHOTS FROM THE COURSE IN TUNIS





SNAPSHOTS - TRAINING IN TOZEUR



 

 
 
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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 17-18 September 2017, in Ramallah, Palestine.

Palestine faces extraordinary challenges in managing solid wastes and its scarce water resources. These alongside other serious environmental pressures that inhibit the sustainable development cannot be addressed without proper awareness and education at all levels.

The specific Training aimed to raise awareness and contribute to building the capacity of educators and other professionals on the design and application of ESD programmes. It focused on showcasing how educational projects about the use of non-conventional water resources and sustainable solid waste management (recycling, minimizing plastic, etc.) can be designed and applied.

More than 33 formal and non-formal educators took part including primary and secondary school teachers, staff of relevant Ministries (Environment and Education) as well as Civil Society Organizations.

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 entire 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. 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).

Download the traiing presentations here: 
http://www.swim-h2020.eu/17-18-september-2017-ramallah-swim-h2020-sm-training-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

 

EVALUATION STATISTICS

The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows:

ORGANISATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING ISSUES

Satisfaction level from Excellent to Poor

Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation

89.8

%

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

80.6

%

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

75.9

%

The materials distributed were helpful

78.7

%

Efficient and Effective Facilitation

85.2

%

Overall rating of the event

83.3

%

Most participants were administration officers rather than teacher practitioners. Their majority valued learning about of ESD concepts and policies (knowledge) as well as improving their capacities in designing their own ESD projects (skills). After the training they consider themselves more capable in integrating sustainability in their planned activities, but also in their daily lives. Many declared they would convey the training messages to their colleagues (through a meeting, a ToT, a workshop or a report) as well to their families, as many of the topics discussed touched upon issues of our daily lives.

Group work and interactive sessions were considered the most interesting parts of the training. Last but not least, many participants requested that such trainings are repeated (for both audiences, teachers and administration staff) the exchange of experiences and best ESD practices with other countries, and support to implement such projects.


Snapshots from the training

Opening Session of the training, from left to right Mr Afana (EQA, Palestine), Prof. Scoullos (SWIM H2020 SM) and Mr Mammoun (Min. Education)

Interactive session on ESD terms and clarifications.

Group work discussion.

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Voting for our most important "success factors" in our ESD projects and campaigns.

Ownership and inviolving the entire (school) community were the most important ESD "success factors" according to the participants.

Participants reporting on their concepts maps on Non Conventional Water Resources.

Presenting some expamples of ESD about Non Conventional Water Resources.

Certifiacates award.

Group photo with the certificates.


All participants are now registered and interconnected through the MEdIES network.

Similar Trainings are expected to be organized in Algeria and Tunisia according to the SWIM-H2020 SM Work plan on “Awareness/Education for Sustainable Development”.

 


 

 
 
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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 13-14 September 2017, in Amman, Jordan.

The Training aimed to raise awareness and contribute to building the capacity of educators and other professionals on the design and application of ESD programmes. It focused on showcasing how educational projects about the use of non-conventional water resources and sustainable solid waste management (recycling, limiting plastic bags, marine litter) can be designed and applied.

More than 55 formal and non-formal educators took part including primary and secondary school teachers, University professors, staff of relevant Ministries (Environment, Water and Education) as well as Civil Society Organizations, the Jordanian UNESCO National Commission.

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 Jordan. The entire 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. 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).

Acess here all material and presentations of the meeting:
http://www.swim-h2020.eu/13-14-september-2017-amman-jordan-swim-h2020-sm-1st-training-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/


EVALUATION STATISTICS

The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows

ORGANISATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING ISSUES

Satisfaction level from Excellent to Poor

Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation

86,8

%

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

83,1

%

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

80,1

%

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

81,6

%

The materials distributed were helpful

86,8

%

Efficient and Effective Facilitation

82,4

%

Overall rating of the event

88,2

%

Many participants declared that the most valuable thing they learned were the pillars of the Sustainable Institution, while they values also the methods used, and knowing about the ESD programmes in Jordan, compared to the whole world. They valued mostly the interactive sessions (workshops and group work) while several of them declared they would transfer the new knowledge and skills on their institution. There was a joint recommendation to form a kind of platform or database for all ESD projects in Jordan, as well as a pledge to host more capacity building trainings.

Aspects that can be improved in future trainings concern the use of less jargon terms and acronyms the better linking between theory and practice, a greater emphasis on teaching methods, and having more clear criteria on selecting the participants (practitioners vs administrators).

Snapshots from the training

Opening Session of the training.

Group work discussion.

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Interactive session on ESD terms and clarifications.

Interactive session on grey water.

 

Some of our reported "success factors" in our ESD projects and campaigns.

Group photo with the certificates.

 

All participants are now registered and interconnected through the MEdIES network.

Similar Trainings are expected to be organized in Palestine, Algeria and Tunisia according to the SWIM-H2020 SM Work plan on “Awareness/Education for Sustainable Development”.


 
 
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SUMMER SCHOOL

Integrated Management Approaches and Sustainable Tourism Strategies
for Biosphere Reserves

Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo future MaB UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Sant’Anna di Lodè (NU) – Tepilora Regional Parck - Sardinia, Italy,

13-20 July 2017


The Summer School seeked to provide a one week intensive training about Integrated Management Approaches and Sustainable Tourism Strategies for Biosphere Reserves. It has t informed the participants about the successful procedures of preparing the nomination for the “Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo” that is now (June 2017) part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, MAB/UNESCO). Last but not least the Summer School highlighted the rich natural and cultural heritage of the new Biosphere Reserve and, generally of the island of Sardinia.

The 26 trainees comprised a mix of post-graduate students, young scientists and staff and managers of Biosphere Reserves (BRs). They came from Europe and mostly from South Europe and Mediterranean countries.

The Summer School included morning theoretic sessions, followed by a series of targeted visits and field work inside various 'hotspots' of the new BR “Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo” BR, as well as afternoon group work. During the group work the participants intergrated their observations, and data collected from the field on order to propose a set of recommendations, for the newly established BR.

On behalf of MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES, Ms Iro Alampei and Mr Vassilis Psallidas have tutured two of the grouwork teams on education and management respectively, while prof. Scoullos delivered two presentations (over skype) on Integrated Management and on Education for Sustainable Development.


Read a more detailed report including the Agenda, the Presentations, and the Results-Recomendations of the Summer School.

Find our facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938588993048075/


Here below are snapshots of the Summer School.


Opening of the Summer School


At the beach


Visiting Montalbo Mountain


Working in groups



Working in groups


At the Usinava cantiere Forestall

A surprise lunch at the welcoming FORESTAS centre

Learning to make hand-made pasta, at Onani village

Making bread and other bakery local products at Onani village


Baking our own bread at Onani village


Visiting the Romanzesu Nuragic Sanctuary


At the local cheese factory, close to SantAnna



Group work presentations


Award ceremony: The Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo" is officially a Biosphere Reserve!

Award ceremony: The Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo" is officially a Biosphere Reserve!

Award ceremony: The Tepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo" is officially a Biosphere Reserve!

Group-Photo with the certificates, the Summer School in Sardinia is officially over!!! See you next year ; )

 

 
 
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MEdIES has been keenly involved in the development of an interactive e-game on the “Water Cycle”. The e-game is designed for a large touch screen-wall and is currently played by visitors of the new Water Conservation Awareness Centre of Malta. The e-game that is addressed primarily to 7 -10 yr olds was successfully launched during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Centre, on 21 April 2017. It is the first in a series of four e-games, expected to be finalized before the end of the year. Currently MEdIES is working on a game about “Water in forts”.

The partners behind this collaboration are GWP-Med and MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES (scientific information & scenario development), ‘Caparo design crew’ (scenario development, graphics and animation) and the Water Conservation Awareness Centre of Malta (overall coordination).

Visitors of the Water Center are educated and sensitized about water through a series of well designed experiences, including watching videos, experimenting with hands-on models, a geological walk-through with info-points, the four touch screen walls, etc.

View shots of how the wall screen game is played :

 

 


More information about:

The Centre itself: http://bit.ly/2uFhGot

The inauguration ceremony in the news: http://bit.ly/2tLQZSL

 
 
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