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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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