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Sourth Eastern Mediterranean Environmental Project

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Mr Theodoror Dimitrios ORINOS
Teacher\'s Advisor, West Athens
Solomou 36B, Aghios Dimitrios, 17 343, Athens
e-mail: theoorinos@sch.gr
http://kpe-vamou.chan.sch.gr/semep/ (National -Greek- webpage for SEMEP, under renovation)
http://www.unesco.org/education/ste/projects/semep/aims.shtml (UNESCO¢s webpage for SEMEP, under renovation)

SEMEP is an abbreviation, initially for South - Eastern MEditerranean sea Project, and after 2002 National Coordinators¢ meeting for South - Eastern Mediterranean Environmental Project. It is a regional project on Environmental Education, assisted by UNESCO that incorporates economical, historical, ethical and cultural aspects. It is intended to create an educational, environmental and cultural network for communication and cooperation among students of kindergarten, primary school and high school (both general and technical & vocational) in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Officially, the following countries participate: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Romania, Slovenia, Syria and Turkey.

Some of the aims of the project are: interdisciplinary teaching and holistic learning, cultural exchanges between the participating countries, development of links between the school and the local community and eventually environmental literacy.

SEMEP is intended to achieve the above purposes by putting specific educational goals. Thus, it involves students in: preparing fieldwork during normal subject teaching, participating in actual fieldwork, planning and undertaking investigations, interpreting data collected, formulating hypothesis and testing its truth, making decisions, presenting their findings, proposing alternative solutions, proceeding in action and social intervention.

SEMEP is coordinated by the General Coordinator in UNESCO and one National Coordinator in each participating country.

UNESCO was initially providing the schools with very rich educational material: student worksheets, instructions and supporting information for carrying out scientific investigations, teachers¢ and NCs¢ manuals, software. Nowadays, the annual National Coordinators¢ meetings evaluate the last year activities and plan the next year activities. Thus, the project incorporates fixed activities while it gives the opportunity to the teachers to undertake some initiatives and plan their own activities.

SEMEP themes so far are:

  • The sea and us (1995-1996, 1996-1997 and 2001-2002).
  • Water and life (1997-1998).
  • Water in our environment (1998-1999).
  • GO green Quiz / How green are you? (2000-2001).
  • Mediterranean food pyramid and Diet (2002-2003).
  • Water, the essence of life (2003-2004).

SEMEP was established during the 27th General Conference of UNESCO (1993) after a Greek proposal. In its first period (1994-1999), the launching meeting (Athens 1994) and three National Coordinators meetings (Athens 1996, Thessaloniki 1997 and Thessaloniki 1998) as well as a summer school for ten students and two teachers from each participating country (Thessaloniki 1997) have taken place. An extraordinary National Coordinators meeting (Athens 1999) re-assured the continuation of SEMEP. So, in its second period (2000-2006) four National Coordinators meetings (Genoa 2000, Antalya 2001, Athens 2002, Istanbul 2003), a three-day teachers seminar for two teachers from each participating country (Athens 2000), a Summer School for two teachers from each of six countries neighboring Turkey (Antalya 2001), an educational meeting for the Greek and the Turk National Coordinators (Tulcea - Romania 2001) and a regional (Adriatic) National Coordinators meeting (Izola - Slovenia 2001) have taken place so far.


 
     
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