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For three successive days, in November 10, 11 and 12 2015, young people from Attica region, Greece, aged 15-17 years old took part in an experiential event facilitated by the MEdIES secretariat, in order for them to create their own sustainability messages. The goal of the 3-day long event was to facilitate a discussion with youth groups from many schools of Attica region in order for the young students to generate and negotiate their own priorities and messages to effectively "green" their school and swift their school communities towards sustaibability.

In total for the three days, more than 120 students and teachers took part in the event: Every day 4 student groups from 4 different schools took part in the event that lasted two - two and a half hours. The students were exposed to the global ESD updates (such as the UNESCO GAP, the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs, etc.) As part of the intervention the Greek students were informed also of the messages derived by the Lebanese youth after the two year long AFKAR project entitled "Lebanese Youth as Messangers of Sustainability".

An interactive discussion / facilitation was run, in order for young students to collectively set their own priorities: The most dominant "hot" sustainability issues for Greek youth to deal with within their school environments, included  :
a) swifting towards a student-centered model of teaching and learning,
b) promoting equity in their school environments, and
c) dealing with global challenges including the recent Syrian refugees issue.
Interestingly, these subjects were ranked higher by students, compared to more "traditional" issues relating e.g. to green premises, recycling, renewable energies, etc.
Following this event, the participating schools are in the process of preparing a Symposium on Sustainable Schools, to take place in February 2016.
The event that was kindly hosted at the University of Athens was co-organsied by MEdIES, UNESCO ASP-NET Schools, and the UNESCO Chair of the University of Athens.

View Snapshots of the event:
10/11/2015, MEdIES and UoA staff welcome the participating students.
10/11/2015, Prof. Scoullos, UNESCO Chair and Director of the Laboratory introduces the co-organising agencies to the participants.
10/11/2015, Recording student's ideas about their priorities in rendering their school communities sustainable.
11/11/2015, Welcoming the participants and introducing the co-organising agencies.
11/11/2015, Interactive ideas exhange was a central element of the discussions held.
11/11/2015, As part of the event the participating youth were guided to the Environmental Chemistry Lab of the UoA.

Read more on the AFKAR project "Lebanese Youth as messangers of Sustainability" here.


 

 
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