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Water for the City - Educational Component

"Water for the City" is a two year programme (2016-2018) implemented in Alexandroupolis, Greece by the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in cooperation with  the local Municipality, the local Water & Sewage Service (DEYAA), and MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, specifically for its educational component.

The programme aims to enhance the city water supply through increasing the capacity of the city's reservoir and promote good practices for sustainable water use in the urban environment, through the education of pupils and teachers, informing citizens and engaging local Operators. The Mediterranean Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development Information Office (MIO-ECSDE) through the MEdIES educational network coordinates the educational actions of the program.

"Water for the City" is funded by the Coca - Cola Foundation in Atlanta, USA.
Learn more about the entire programme: www.waterforthecity.net.

MEdIES' Activities within the "Water for the City" Programme

MEdIES is in charge of the following educational activities within the two year long Programme:

(1) The development of a new web-based educational material "neroupoli" (= water-city in Greek language) including topics related to the natural vs the urban water cycle, climate change, water management at the city level, responsible consumption etc. 
Neroupoli is an interactive website, designed to be used directly by players aged 10-13 years old and it can be played on PCs, laptops and tablets.

The material is launched with 14 educational activities, with the goal to increase them as the programme evolves. Each activity includes some basic information on the topic, online quizzes and games and tasks for indoor or outdoor discovery.

The website became fully operational in November 2017 (in Greek language): http://water-polis.gr/

(2) The production of a sensitisation poster for students, handed to them during our visits in schools. The poster presents components of the natural and the urban water cycle, aspects of integrated urban water management and some tips for responsible water use/behaviour. The poster(in Greek language) is available here.

(3) The production of a new set of hands-on material about "Water for the city" (magnetic board, illustrated diagrammes, cards, etc.) to be used during the school visits.

(4) The organization of the school interventions in Alexandroupolis for 2017-2018 expected to have a total outreach to 4,000 students. The MEdIES staff has already performed a mission to Alexandroupolis in April 2017 with targeted activities for students and teachers (read more about MEdIES mission here), while a local educator, Ms Mativa Vezirzti, was appointed and is in charge of the school implementation for the period May-June 2017 as well as the next school year October 2017 - March 2018.

From the beginning of the programme up until June 2017 in total, 1507 students from Alexandroupolis have benefitted from the “Water for the city” Programme. The students’ evaluation (through anonymous questionnaires) is very positive. So far (June 2017) in a five likert-type scale measuring their level of satisfaction, 87,5% of students have declared they enjoyed the activities “quite a lot” or “very much”.

(5) The capacity building of the local teachers (expected to reach 400 teachers for the two year period). By June 2017, 109 teachers have been trained.

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