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1. Visibility & Events

A. Three ALTER AQUA teacher trainings by MEdIES in Cyprus, 9 &10 November 2016

B. MEdIES & MIO-ECSDE at COP 22 with a Side event on ESD, Marrakesh, 14 November 2016

C. Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan for Education for MSESD, Nicosia, 8 & 9 Dec 2016

D. Seminar on Education for Sustainable Management of Water Resources & Simulation Models, 16-18 Dec 2016, Amfissa Greece


2. Material & ICTs

A new collaboration with "Graphic Design" students of the Technological Institute of Athens

3. Other News

The indicators to monitor progress towards SDG 4 in 2017 have been approved!


1. Visibility & Events

A. Three ALTER AQUA teacher trainings by MEdIES in Cyprus, 9 &10 November 2016

This was the 3rd time that MEdIES visited Cyprus and held teachers’ seminars based on the educational material “The other water” within the Programme “ NCWRs in Cyprus – Mission Water” (coordinated by GWP-Med). The seminars have been co-organised with the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus and GWP-Med. In particular, two trainings were for in-service teachers: one on 9/11 at the Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) of Kavo Greko, Ammohostos, and the other on 10/11 at CEE of Akrotiri, Lemessos; and a more thorough training for the staff of CEE (on 10/11 at CEE of Athalassa, Nicosia). Approx. 65 participants were trained in all seminars. Among others, the seminars included 2 workshops: (a) On educational drama, by Iro Alampei, applying drama techniques to revive the water challenges some decades ago (based on Activity 6 of the material); (b) On using models, by Vassilis Psallidas, demonstrating how to construct and integrate a model in the teaching and learning process (based on Activity 3 of the educational material).

More at http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1099

B. MEdIES & MIO-ECSDE at COP 22 with a Side event on ESD, Marrakesh, 14 November 2016

MEdIES & MIO-ECSDE together with CMED, RAED and CERGEO coorganised the Official Side Event "The Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): how to educate youth and local communities to effectively address climate change” within the COP22 in Marrakesh, on 14 November 2016. The Side Event aimed to explore how ESD can contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the outcomes of Marrakesh COP22. About 100 people have attended the Side event, proving with their presence a strong commitment towards both Climate Education as well as ESD. Prof. Michael Scoullos introduced the audience to the processes related to the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (background, Action Plan, Ministerial Conference in Cyprus) while presentations were made by distinguished panelists. Read more at http://mio-ecsde.org/mio-ecsdes-strong-presence-at-the-cop22-climate-change-deliberations/

C. Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan for Education for MSESD, Nicosia, 8-9/12/2016

The “Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan for ESD in the Mediterranean”, took successfully place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 8-9 December 2016, under the organization of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, with the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean and the technical support of the MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE. The Conference was a concrete contribution to the UNESCO GAP given that the Action Plan itself has been included in the “Flagship Projects” of the GAP (under the priority area of “Advancing Policy”). Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, stated in her opening video message that “With the Mediterranean as a key area concerned by migrations and displacements, it is critical that the Mediterranean ESD Action Plan includes a focus on providing lifelong learning opportunities for displaced people and refugees.”

The 60 delegates - Ministers, Deputy Ministers and High-level Officials - from 19 countries and representatives of international organizations (UNECE, UNEP/MAP, League of Arab States, Union for the Mediterranean, UNESCO HQ & Regional Office in Venice) unanimously agreed on the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD and the “Nicosia Declaration”. Prof Michael Scoullos was Rapporteur of the whole Conference while MEdIES /MIO-ECSDE was represented by Vicky Malotidi and Iro Alampei, who also presented the ALTER AQUA project as a flagship initiative in the region.

Read more at: http://www.esdmedcyprus.pi.ac.cy/ and http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1105

 

D. Seminar on Education for Sustainable Management of Water Resources & Simulation Models, 16-18 Dec 2016, Amfissa Greece

The seminar "ESD of Water Resources and Simulation Models” took place from 16 to 18 December 2016, in Amfissa’s Centre of Environmental Education Center (CEE) within the wider the project "Non Conventional Water Resources in Greece" with the co-organisation of the CEE of Amfissa, MEdIES, UNESCO Chair on Management and ESD (University of Athens), GWP-Med, the Delphi Municipality, the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and the Special Secretary for Water – Ministry of Environment and Energy. It aimed to build the capacities of in-service and pre-service teachers on the topic of water resources and management, while focusing on a specific teaching method of applying Simulation Models.

In total 76 participants took part. Read more at http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1108

2. Material & ICTs

A new collaboration with Graphic Design Department of the Technological Institute of Athens

MEdIES has inaugurated a new collaboration with the Department of Graphic Design of the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Design of the Technological Institute of Athens (TEI). Specifically, for two academic years (2016-17 and 2017-18) the students of Graphic Design will work on video animations about water, with the scientific support of MIO-ECSDE, GWP-Med and MEdIES, and particularly, of Prof. Scoullos. In the first year, the students will develop their scenarios presented through storyboards (series of on-paper cartoons) while in the second year, those “cartoons” will take the form of short video animations.

 

3. Other News

The indicators to monitor progress towards SDG 4 in 2017 have been approved!

A crucial list of indicators for the achievement of the world’s global education goals was endorsed on 31 October 2016 in Madrid. The meeting of the Technical Co-operation Group for SDG 4 – Education 2030 (TCG) signed off on the list of thematic indicators on education that countries have agreed to start using in 2017 to monitor progress. The list contains now 29 indicators and experts consider that these can realistically be reported by states from early 2017 on.

Read more about the indicators definitions, data collection, etc. at:

https://gemreportunesco.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/madrid-meeting-approves-the-indicators-to-monitor-progress-towards-sdg-4-in-2017/

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