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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).

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The evaluation statistics are summarized as follows:


Satisfaction level from Excellent to Poor

Efficient logistics: location of venue and interpretation



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



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



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



The materials distributed were helpful



Efficient and Effective Facilitation



Overall rating of the event



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.


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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