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Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

 

Please find herewith the No 55 quarterly Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.

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With our best wishes for a Happy and Creative New Year!

 

The MEdIES Secretariat

Contents

1. Visibility & Events

A. SWIM-H2020 trainings on ESD in (i) Tunisia, 16-20 October (ii) Algeria, 12-13 November 2017

B. 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Committee on ESD, Nicosia, 22-24 November 2017

C. Completion of Rainwater Harvesting activities for 2017 with the mission to Kithira Island

 

2. Material & ICTs

The new online educational portal “water-polis”


3. Other News

BUP survey on sustainable development

 

 

 


1. Visibility & Events

A. SWIM-H2020 trainings on ESD in (i) Tunisia, 16-20 October (ii) Algeria, 12-13 November 2017

MEdIES facilitated 3 training courses on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), two in Tunisia (Tunis 19-20 October and Tozeur, 22-23 October) and one in Algeria (Algiers, 12-13 November). These trainings aimed to (i) raise awareness and to develop the capacities of educators and other professionals on the design and application of ESD programmes, and, (ii) introduce them to the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) and explore how its recently adopted Action Plan could be effectively applied in these countries.The participants comprised a mix of formal and non-formal educators, staff of relevant Ministries and Civil Society organizations. The trainings in Tunis and Tozeur totaled 105 participants, and the one of Algiers, 39, respectively.The trainings were organized under the EU-funded SWIM-Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism Programme with the co-organisation of the Ministries of Environment in each country.

Read more on the trainings in Tunisia, and access all presentations:

http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1145

Read more on the trainings in Algeria, and access all presentations:

http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1158

 

 

B. 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Committee on ESD, Nicosia, 22-24 November 2017

The 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Committee on ESD/ Regional Training on ESD was successfully held under the organisation and the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus and the SWIM-H2020 SM Programme, and with the technical support and secretariat of the MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE and the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean. The meeting took place as a follow-up on the outcomes of the Ministerial Conference in Cyprus (8-9 December 2016) and thus, served a two-fold purpose: (a) To review and discuss how the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD has been used/integrated/valued within the existing Programmes/Projects/Initiatives of the countries and the associated International Organisations, one year after its adoption; (b) To provide the opportunity to exchange know-how and experiences on the latest developments on ESD and its role to achieve the SDGs by the countries.

60 representatives of International Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and Ministries from 18 countries actively participated. On 22 November 2017, a Joint meeting of Parliamentarians, Ministries’ Officials & Stakeholders from the Mediterranean countries took place at the House of the Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus offering the unique chance to participants to discuss possible synergies in the field of Education and Sustainable Development. The Session was chaired by the vice President of the House of the Representatives, Mr Adamos Adamou, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment of Cyprus.

Read more at http://medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=1165



C. Completion of Rainwater Harvesting activities for 2017 with the mission to Kithira Island

This was the 9th year for MEdIES to have collaborated with the Mission Water Environmental Programme and GWP-Med* to implement the educational component of the Rainwater Harvesting Programme in Greece. The activities in 2017 took place in Athens as well as in the island of Kithira (on 11-13 December) and included -as in the previous years- activities in schools and teachers’ seminars. The experiential and discovery-based activities in the primary and early secondary schools aimed to inform and sensitize the students on the issue of water saving, particularly through the ‘revival’ of the rainwater harvesting practice and greywater recycling.This year, 1.962 students and 391 teachers participated to te project activities.Read more at http://medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=657


*The overall Rainwater Harvesting Programme is led by GWP-Med within the wider environmental programme Mission Water (APOSTOLH NERO) of the Coca Cola System in Greece.

 


2. Material & ICTs

The new online educational portal “water-polis”

A new online educational portal entitled: "neroupoli" (= water-city in Greek language) was developed by the MEdIES Secretariat in cooperation with a team of IT and education experts. The portal (in Greek language) includes topics related to the natural and the urban water cycle, climate change, water management at the city level, responsible consumption etc. It is an interactive website, designed to be used directly by players aged 10-13 years old, on PCs, laptops and tablets. http://water-polis.gr/

The portal was developed within the educational component of the Programme "Water for the City" led by the GWP-Med and funded by the Coca - Cola Foundation in Atlanta, USA.


3. Other News

BUP survey on sustainable development

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) is inviting university students to take part in a short on-line survey on Sustainable Development at:  http://xurl.pl/fhfH We kindly ask MedIES’ members who are university staff to forward it to their students.


 

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Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development

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