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MEdIES est heureuse d'annoncer que nous serons à Alger (Algérie) pour faciliter un formation d'enseignants en éducation pour le développement durable (EDD).

Chaque formation dure deux jours et vise Ă :
(i) informer les responsables de la Stratégie méditerranéenne sur l'éducation pour le développement durable (MSESD) et son Plan d'action (AP) récemment adopté et explorer les moyens par lesquels le pays peut l'adopter.
(ii) renforcer les capacités des éducateurs sur la conception et l'application des programmes d'EDD, en mettant l'accent sur la gestion des déchets solides et l'utilisation des ressources en eau non conventionnelles, à travers les lentilles de l'approche Whole Institute (WIA).
Il y aura une traduction simultanée dans toutes les formations en deux langues (français-anglais).
Il n'y a PAS de frais de formation pour les participants.
Toutes les formations sont un support direct du programme de mécanisme de soutien SWIM-H2020.

Le formation dure deux jours et vise Ă :

(i) informer les responsables de la Stratégie méditerranéenne sur l'éducation pour le développement durable (MS-EDD) et son Plan d'action (AP) récemment adopté et explorer les moyens par lesquels le pays peut l'adopter.

(ii) renforcer les capacités des éducateurs sur la conception et l'application des programmes d'EDD, en mettant l'accent sur la gestion des déchets solides et l'utilisation des ressources en eau non conventionnelles, à travers les lentilles de l'Approche-Whole-Institute (WIA).

Il y aura une traduction simultanée dans toutes les formations en deux langues (arab-anglais).
Il n'y a PAS de frais de formation pour les participants.
Toutes les formations sont un support direct du programme de mécanisme de soutien SWIM-H2020.


 

INSCRIPTIONS

12 - 13 novembre 2017 : Formation en Alger, AZ Vieux Kouba HĂŽtel.

La formation peut avoir quelques siĂšges ouverts Ă  gauche.

INFORMATION-NOTE et PROVISIONAL AGENDA.

Pour les inscriptions veuillez contacter: Ms Ait Mesbah Naima (namesbah[at]yahoo.fr) et Ms Hala Chenibet (haloli [at] gmx.fr).


VUE D'ÉDUCATEURS SUR L'ÉDUCATION POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE (EDD)

Tous les stagiaires doivent remplir le questionnaire suivant avant que la formation n'ait lieu!
Vos avis aideront les formateurs à concevoir la formation pour mieux répondre à vos besoins.

Le questionnaire s'adresse également aux éducateurs qui n'auront pas la possibilité de participer à la formation.
Veuillez consacrer 15 minutes Ă  partager nos vies sur Education for Sustainability dans votre pays!

Vos opinions sont importantes et les résultats contribueront à la prochaine Conférence ministérielle sur l'EDD, qui sera organisée à Chypre, en novembre 2017.

E-Questionnaire: http://bit.ly/2xRjno5

E-GAME informel pour les deux pays appelé "Mon objet de développement durable" https://padlet.com/ialampei/2017_JO_my_sust_object



BIBLIOGRAPHIE

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 (in ENGLISH, UNESCO, 2017).


 
 
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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.



 

USEFUL DOWNLOAD LINKS

E-Questionnaire for Educators’ views for TUNISIA: http://bit.ly/2xjd5t6

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

Link to the presentations (PPTs) of both Trainings

Download the file with the 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 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.

http://www.medies.net/_uploaded_files/2017_esd_swim/2017_swim_amman_00.jpg

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.

http://www.medies.net/_uploaded_files/2017_esd_swim/2017_swim_amman_00.jpg

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 Lodù (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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The Programme “Water for the city” coordinated by GWP-Med is taking place in Alexandroupoli, Greece is in cooperation with the Municipality and the Municipal Service for Water Supply and Sanitation for Alexandroupoli. The programme aims to enhance the city water supply (by a technical work for increasing the capacity of the city’s water reservoir) and to promote sustainable water management at city level, through awareness raising of students and teachers, as well as of local stakeholders and citizens.
MEdIES is in charge of the educational (ESD) activities (2017-2018) that include:
(1) The development of a new, online educational material about “Water in the city” and the production of a poster for students;
(2) The production of a new set of hands-on activities about “Water in the city” to be applied during the school visits;
(3)The organization of the school visits in Alexandroupolis for the periods of April – June 2017 and September 2017-June 2018 engaging approx. 4,000 students;
(4) The capacity building of the local teachers (approx. 400 teachers).
To this end, MEdIES initiated the cooperation with the ESD Officers of Primary and Secondary Educational Directory of Evros in order to co-organise: (a) The first round of the school visits (to reach ~ 600 students in the first week of April) (b) the first seminar for teachers (scheduled for April 3, 2017).


In the framework of the Programme "Water for the City", the MEdIES Secretariat has travelled to Alexandroupolis, Greece, for a week (3-7 April 2017) and visited 7 primary and seconday schools, to carry out a series of targeted school interventions engaging 543 students in awareness raising about "water in the city".

On Monday, 3 April, a seminar for educators has been also organised to inform them about the new, online, educational material of MEdIES, so-called "neroupoli" dedicated to water topics in urban environment, focusing on the city of Alexandroupoli. The participants were informed about neroupoli and the related hands-on activities in schools by the MEdIES Secretariat (Iro Alampei, Vicky Malotidi and Vasilis Psallidas). Additionally they were introduced in the overall Programme "Water for the city" by Ms Nassia Kassela, Programme Officer, GWP-Med and in water topics of particular importance for the city of Alexandroupolis, by Mr Christos Kakalis (Municipal Service for Water Supply and Sanitation for Alexandroupoli, DEYAA). The seminar as well as the school visits were coorganised with the ESD Officers of Primary and Secondary Educational Directory of Evros . Totally 53 teachers of primary and secondary schools were trained (during the seminar and the school visits).

The Programme “Water for the city” is coordinated by GWP-Med and is taking place in Alexandroupoli, in cooperation with the Municipality and the Municipal Service for Water Supply and Sanitation for Alexandroupoli. The Programme aims to enhance the city's water supply (by a technical work for increasing the capacity of the city’s water reservoir) and to promote sustainable water management at the urban level, through awareness raising of students and teachers, as well as of local stakeholders and citizens.

The "Water for the City" Programme is supported by the Coca - Cola Foundation in Atlanta, USA.

Read more about the "Water for the City" umbrella Programme: waterforthecity.net

Read more about the MEdIES Educational Component of the Programme here.

Read an article about the Alexandroupolis visit in the Greek local Media here.


Snapshots from the activities in the schools of Alexandroupolis, 3-7 April 2017.





Snapshots from the teachers' seminar, on 3 April (at the 3rd Gymnasium of Alexandroupolis).


 
 
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Profiting from the presence of a broad range of co-organizing stakeholders, the training Seminar entitled "Education for Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Simulation Models”, took place from 16 to 18 December 2016, in Amfissa’s Centre of Environmental Education Center (CEE) within the wider the project "The Gift of Rain".

The Seminar aimed to build the capacities of in-service and pre-service teachers coming from both the formal and the non formal sector around the topic of water resources and management, while focusing on a specific teaching method of applying Simulation Models.

More specifically the seminar was organised around these priorities / objectives :

  1. Promotion of ESD through formal education (schools, universities, etc.), non-formal and informal learning (community groups, associations, media, NGOs).
  2. Training of teachers to acquire the necessary skills to integrate ESD in their teaching. Training in modeling issues
  3. Promotion of tools and learning materials for ESD that supports the Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWRs) Management.
  4. Enhancing the cooperation of various stakeholders on ESD at all levels.
  5. Promotion of ESD as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development.
  6. Promotion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically Goal 6.

The sessions within the three days seminar included 4 exhibitions, 6 lectures, 8 Workshops, 1 roundtable and an evaluation session.

In total more than seventy six (76) participants took part, including educators, headmasters, regional science inspectors, regional directors of education, ESD /EE responsible officers from the regions of Attica, Fokis and Boeotia.

The invited speakers included: Professor M. Scoullos (MIO-ESCDE, UNESCO Chair and GWP-Med), Jacob Gannoulis (Special Secretary for Water-Ministry of Environment and Energy), Athanasios Panagiotopoulos (Delphi Mayor), Christos Dimitriou (Regional Education Director of Central Greece), Michael Theocharopoulos (CEE pf Amfissa), Eisodia Douka (Special Secretariat for Water -Ministry of Environment and Energy) and Vassilis Psallidas (MEdIES).

Seminar Co-Organisers:

  • Amfissa’s Center of Environmental Education (CEE),
  • MIO-ECSDE, through MEdIES Initiative,
  • UNESCO Chair & Network for Management and ESD at University of Athens
  • Global Water Partnership- Mediterranean (GWP-Med),
  • Delphi Municipality,
  • Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs,
  • Special Secretary for Water – Ministry of Environment and Energy

View below shots from the Seminar:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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The “Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean”, took successfully place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 8-9 December 2016, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, with the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean, the technical support of the MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE and in cooperation with the EU/ Horizon 2020 Initiative to Depollute the Mediterranean, the League of Arab States, the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development of the UNEP/MAP and the UNECE. The Conference is a concrete contribution to the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD given that the Action Plan itself has been included in the “Flagship Projects” of the GAP/UNESCO (under the priority area of “Advancing Policy”).

 

The Conference resulted to the unanimous adoption of the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) (that has been endorsed by the UfM Ministers of Environment and Climate Change in Athens, 2014) and the “Nicosia Declaration”.


The Action Plan is taking into consideration the major international and regional developments and frameworks related to Sustainable Development and ESD; thus, it aspires to be a “new generation” instrument which responds simultaneously to all relevant to ESD requests and provisions of international Conventions and Bodies. It has been prepared through a participatory process by the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean/University of Athens with the technical assistance of MEdIES.

download the final Action Plan in English and French.


Moreover, the Conference provided an excellent opportunity to the approx. 60 delegates from 19 countries* (Ministers, Deputy Ministers and High-level Officials) and representatives of international organizations to share experience and best practices in the application of ESD in their countries, identifying common challenges, key drivers and barriers.


At the final session of the Conference where the Nicosia Declaration on ESD (download the text) was adopted the representatives of the international organizations and namely, UNECE, League of Arab States, Union for the Mediterranean, UNEP/MAP, and UNESCO agreed to promote this important initiative and the make an effort to mainstream somehow the MSESD and its Action Plan in their Organisations’ Agendas.


Furthermore, a Mediterranean Committee for ESD is to be established for following up and promoting the implementation of the MSESD through the Action Plan. The Committee will collaborate closely with the GAP/UNESCO, the EU, the League of the Arab States, the Secretariat of the UfM and the MCSD (facilitated by UNEP/MAP). The Committee could set up focus groups to work on specific issues such as one on indicators.

 

Prof Michael Scoullos UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean had the task of the Rapporteur for the whole Conference and participated as EU representative also through his role as Team Leader of the EU Programme SWIM-H2020 Support Mechanism.

MEdIES/MIO-ESCDE was represented by Vicky Malotidi and Iro Alampei, who also presented the ALTER AQUA project as a flagship initiative in the region.

 

More information about the Conference can be found here: http://www.esdmedcyprus.pi.ac.cy/

Read here the press release (in Greek) by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus

 


*Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Romani, Slovac Republic and Tunisia.

 

 

 

The family photo of the participants

 

 

Prof Scoullos presenting the draft Action Plan

 

 

Ms Iro Alampei presenting the experience of the ALTER AQUA project from the education practitioner point of view

 

 


 
 
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This was the third time that MEdIES officers visited Cyprus and held capacity building trainings for teachers and educators, based on the educational material “The other water” (Non Conventional Water Resources/NCWRs), within the framework of the Programme on NCWRs in Cyprus – Mission Water coordinated by GWP-Med. The project has run successfully in Cyprus since 2014 and all MEdIES activities have been co-organised with the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus and GWP-Med.

This time, the seminars combined two teacher trainings (9/11, 15.30-18.30 at the Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) of Kavo Greko, Ammohostos, and 10/11, 15.30-18.30, CEE of Akrotiri, Lemessos), and one targeted training for all Cypriot CEE staff (10/11, 09.00-14.00, CEE of Athalassa, Nicosia) respectively. Approx. 65 teachers and educators participated in all meetings.

All trainings aimed to elaborate on specific educational methods of the educational material “The other water”. To this end, apart from the presentations on the overall Programme (by Mariella Antonakopoullou, GWP-Med), the educational material (by Vicky Malotidi, MEdIES) and how the material has been envisaged and used in Cyprus (by Anna Nikolaou and Klio Hadjisimou, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus) the trainings included two experiential workshops:

(a) on educational drama, animated by Iro Alampei, who applied various drama techniques to revive the water related realities and challenges, some decades ago (based on Activity 6 of the hardcopy material).

(b) on using models, animated by Vassilis Psallidas, who demonstrated how to construct and integrate a model in the teaching and learning process (based on Activity 3 of the hardcopy material).

Additionally, the teachers were briefed about the sets of the “hands-on” material which has been produced to support the application of the printed material, namely, the magnetic board on the water cycle and 4 floor plans on: rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, desalination and wastewater reclamation.

Furthermore, the seminar targeted for CEE staff provided the opportunity to discuss and share experiences on how the “hands-on” and the educational material “the other water” has been integrated in the CEE’s educational programmes and activities with students, and also, if, and how they have integrated the greywater systems installed in their premises (namely, for CEEs of Athalassa, Pedoula and Salamiou). This discussion gave interesting input to the MEdIES Secretariat, particularly in view of the foreseen re-production of the educational material next year.

Overall the participants in all events found the trainings and particularly the two Workshops meaningful, useful and important eventually to be followed by more trainings (maybe next year) while they asked for more time (larger duration) to be available in such seminars.  More particularly, almost all participants (99%) found that the seminar gave them to a great extent the opportunity to interact, and work together in groups and an equally very high percentage (97%) found that there the balance was achieved completely between the “theoretical” part of the seminar (presentations, etc.) and the experiential one (activities, work in groups, etc. The majority (~80%) found that their capacities and knowledge on the themes of the training were enhanced to a great extent while the vast majority (~90%) declared that the content of the training was compatible with their work and applicable to their students “a lot”.

Find here a description of the material “The other water” (in Greek language) and download its contents in PDF Files


The trainings took place in the framework of the Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) Programme in Cyprus, an initiative of the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med), in cooperation with the e Coca-Cola system in Cyprus (Lanitis bros & Coca-Cola Cyprus. The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE through MEdIES) and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Ministry of Education and Culture) are partners in the education activities of the Programme.


Discussing about the usability of the hands on of the "other water" material with the educators of the CEEs



Working on the rainwater and greywater model



Making still images (frozen frames) during the educational drama



Working on a SWAT Analysis of the model elaborated during the workshop




Group working



Role/character presentation during the educational drama workshop

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