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The European Natura 2000 Award aims to honour leading nature conservation achievements and reward excellence in the management and promotion of the network as well as to raise awareness about Natura 2000 and its benefits to European citizens.
In doing so it also contributes to the fourth priority area of the Commission’s Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.
Until the 30th of September 2019, any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000 can apply to one of the five Award categories.
In addition, the high-profile “EU Citizens’ Award” goes to the application receiving the highest number of nominations through a public vote on the Award website.
The winners of the Natura 2000 Award 2020 will be announced at a special ceremony in the Commission headquarters at Berlaymont, by the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
More information on how to apply can be found on the Award website:
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/awards/how-to-apply/index_en.htm

The European Natura 2000 Award aims to honour leading nature conservation achievements and reward excellence in the management and promotion of the network as well as to raise awareness about Natura 2000 and its benefits to European citizens.

In doing so it also contributes to the fourth priority area of the Commission’s Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.

Until the 30th of September 2019, any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000 can apply to one of the five Award categories.

In addition, the high-profile “EU Citizens’ Award” goes to the application receiving the highest number of nominations through a public vote on the Award website.

The winners of the Natura 2000 Award 2020 will be announced at a special ceremony in the Commission headquarters at Berlaymont, by the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

More information on how to apply can be found on the Award website (in many languages): https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/awards/how-to-apply/index_en.htm

 

 
 
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If you are a High School student, you can join a global movement of students committed to demanding climate justice by writing about how climate change affects your community. Youths everywhere are striking for climate action. Adults know that we care. We also need to tell them why.

Read more on how you can join the competition and what the awards are.

Deadline: 20 September 2019

 
 
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UNESCO is pleased to inform you that the nominations for the 2019 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of Information and Communication Technologies in education are now open.

Established in 2005, the Prize rewards projects that use new technologies to enhance teaching, learning and overall education performance. The theme of 2019 Prize is “The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, learning and teaching”.

Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of USD 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.


The online submissions in English or French together with a nomination letter issued by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO should be submitted via the online platform by 31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time).

For more detailed information on eligibility criteria, submission and nomination process, please see the Flyer attached and visit UNESCO ICT in education Prize webpage: https://on.unesco.org/aboutictprize


The Secretariat of the Prize (Unit for ICT in Education, Education Sector, tel: +33 1 45 68 05 44; ictprize@unesco.org) remains at your disposal for any clarification regarding the nomination process.

 
 
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What does sustainable food, energy and mobility look like to you?

Send your best photos to the EEA competition "Sustainably Yours" – to have a chance to win one of the prizes!

The winners in each category (Sustainable food, Sustainable energy and Sustainable mobility) will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 1000, while EUR 500 is on offer for both the Public Choice Award and the Youth Prize.

Deadline for entries: 15 May 2019

Competition details: https://www.eea.europa.eu/sustainably-yours

 
 
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Climate Tracker just launched a multimedia competition, looking for 3 winners that will be awarded fully-funded fellowships to join Climate Tracker in Germany for the Bonn climate negotiations!

So, what do you have to do?

  1. Write an article about stopping new fossil fuel projects before April 26th, 2019. It has to include some multimedia aspect, such as sound, video or photography.
  2. Publish your article. You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach across the region.
  3. Submit your article link to their platform here.

If you are a bit confused or need tips on how to implement multimedia, there are some materials for you! We are running a series in our Youtube with some tips. You can watch them here.

And if you have any questions or need more information, you can check our website here, or email us at anna@climatetracker.org

Climate Tracker


PS: if you want to check, we also have an ongoing photography competition

 
 
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he Baltic University Programme SAIL for Teachers 2019, 26 June - 3 July 2019, From Szczecin, Poland to Aalborg, Denmark.
Deadline for applications: 29 March 2019.
The SAIL (Sustainability Applied in International Teaching and Learning) for Teachers course 2019 will start on the 26th of June in Szczecin, Poland and end on the 3rd of July in Aalborg, Denmark.
About the Course
The SAIL for Teachers is an annual Baltic University Programme course organized by the BUP Centre for Finland at Abo Akademi University.
Please, notice that this is a call for SAIL for Teachers course not SAIL for Students Conference.
The course takes place on board the tall ship STS Fryderyk Chopin. The aim of the course is to gather teachers from BUP member universities who are interested in sustainable development. We also invite teachers from other institutions, in case of available places. The course is based on all participating teachers’ competencies and experiences - we count on your active influence on the content of the course programme and discussions on board.
There are 30 places available on board. Teachers from different countries, cultures, universities, and disciplines will meet and exchange knowledge, share experiences, learn and teach, develop their competencies, work together, operate the ship, and experience their life’s adventure. You will sail far from stress, internet, and telephone connections. This environment cannot fail to inspire and empower!
University teachers with a background in the field of sustainable development are prioritized.  Ph.D. students are also welcome.
From the evaluation from previous SAIL for Teachers courses: - An excellent idea of sharing experience, different points of view, interpretations by teachers of different backgrounds, from different countries, different age. The sea changed the perspective totally and made this meeting really unforgettable. It was unique, unusual, fantastic time and an opportunity for personal development. It never happens during traditional courses or meetings.
Active Teacher Participation
Each participating teacher will be required to submit an abstract to one of the sessions listed below, and participate in onboard group work, oral presentations, and discussions. Further, we will invite one teacher per session to give an invited talk. All other presentations in the sessions will be prepared on board in group work based on the teachers’ expertise and submitted abstract. All teachers should bring necessary materials for onboard presentations including key references to facilitate group work. As soon as we have the final list of participants, we will announce speakers and organization of working groups. During the course, the teachers will be able to exchange up-to-date knowledge on sustainability issues in the Baltic Sea region and work in teams with colleagues from other countries in an international setting. It is expected that the teachers will get a better understanding of the problems and possibilities for sustainable development.
Sessions
The sessions on board will be organised in themes, one session/theme. Preliminary the themes are:
Climate Change
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Circular Economy
Urban-Rural Development
Renewable Energy
Sustainable Food Production & Consumption
Sustainable Transport
Sustainable Water Resources
The final themes will be published later.
Who Can Apply?
We are looking for active, open-minded, and motivated teachers who are interested in trying something new - combining a wonderful adventure with unconventional teaching and learning experience. The course is primarily aimed for teachers/researchers from the BUP member universities, but applicants from elsewhere are also welcome. English is the spoken language onboard and fluent English is required.
Please note that previous sailing experience is not necessary and will not give you any priority for the course. Participants will be selected based on their competence and background within the field of Sustainable Development.
Important: Life on-board a Tall Ship
On board, the sailing vessel all teachers will act as a working crew. You will be divided into one of three watches that will be assigned 4 hours of rotating duties (navigation, deck, and kitchen) - around-the-clock! Please keep in mind that in spite of the weather conditions, and in spite of your condition, you should participate in your watch duties. You should also be aware that sailing a Tall ship means pulling lines, climbing masts to set and haul sails in the old-day fashion. Teachers are expected to work together in the watches to fulfill their sailing duties, which in our experience is an excellent tool for team building and to create a dynamic learning environment. Moreover, as a crew member, you must also do other duties on board, in addition to your sailing and teaching duties. This includes cleaning, cooking meals, washing dishes, and maintenance work. The course will be a physical and social challenge and will hopefully develop a strong feeling of cooperation, trust, and friendship. In addition, it will be a practical and intensive way of learning intercultural communication, the marine environment, and of course sustainable development. The practice of teaching and communicating in English is an added value.
Costs
The course is free of charge for teachers from the BUP member universities. The costs of accommodation and food will be covered by the BUP Centre for Finland at Abo Akademi University. A course fee of 800 Euro per person applies to all other teachers. All teachers must, however, cover all travel costs themselves.
Teachers are encouraged to investigate the possibility at their own universities to get Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility funding to cover their participation and travel costs.
Applications
For your application, you need to prepare the following:
A motivation letter (1 page)
A short biography from a teacher/specialist perspective (one page)
A description of your planned teaching contribution (interactive workshops, lecture etc.) to the SAIL 2019 course. Innovative ideas on course content, teaching methods, interactive workshops or other activities (social included) on board are welcome (max 1 page)
A filled out health statement
Please save all the documents with your name and submit them using the online application form
Do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any further questions.
This information with links to the application is available at http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/education/sail/sail-for-teachers/first-call-sail-for-teachers-2019/

This year's SAIL for Teachers 2019 is taking place from 26 June to 3 July 2019, sailing from Szczecin, Poland and ending the journey in Aalborg, organised by the Abo Academy (Finland) in the framework of the Baltic University Programme (BUP).

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2019. Only 30 places are available on board!

Please, notice that this is a call for SAIL for Teachers course not SAIL for Students Conference.

The course takes place on board the tall ship STS Fryderyk Chopin. The aim of the course is to gather teachers from BUP member universities who are interested in sustainable development. We also invite teachers from other institutions, in case of available places. The course is based on all participating teachers’ competencies and experiences - we count on your active influence on the content of the course programme and discussions on board.

* Participants: Teachers from different countries, cultures, universities, and disciplines will meet and exchange knowledge, share experiences, learn and teach, develop their competencies, work together, operate the ship, and experience their life’s adventure. You will sail far from stress, internet, and telephone connections. This environment cannot fail to inspire and empower! University teachers with a background in the field of sustainable development are prioritized.  Ph.D. students are also welcome.

* Each participating teacher will be required to submit an abstract to one of the sessions listed below, and participate in onboard group work, oral presentations, and discussions. Further, we will invite one teacher per session to give an invited talk. All other presentations in the sessions will be prepared on board in group work based on the teachers’ expertise and submitted abstract. All teachers should bring necessary materials for onboard presentations including key references to facilitate group work. As soon as we have the final list of participants, we will announce speakers and organization of working groups. During the course, the teachers will be able to exchange up-to-date knowledge on sustainability issues in the Baltic Sea region and work in teams with colleagues from other countries in an international setting. It is expected that the teachers will get a better understanding of the problems and possibilities for sustainable development.

* Sessions

Preliminary themes are:

Climate Change

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Circular Economy

Urban-Rural Development

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Food Production & Consumption

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Water Resources


* English is the spoken language onboard and fluent English is required.

Please note that previous sailing experience is not necessary and will not give you any priority for the course. Participants will be selected based on their competence and background within the field of Sustainable Development.

* Life on-board a Tall Ship

On board, the sailing vessel all teachers will act as a working crew, will be divided into one of three watches that will be assigned 4 hours of rotating duties (navigation, deck, and kitchen) - around-the-clock! Sailing a Tall ship means pulling lines, climbing masts to set and haul sails in the old-day fashion. Teachers are expected to work together in the watches to fulfill their sailing duties, which in our experience is an excellent tool for team building and to create a dynamic learning environment. Moreover, the crew members must do other duties on board, in addition to the sailing and teaching duties. This includes cleaning, cooking meals, washing dishes, and maintenance work. The course will be a physical and social challenge and will hopefully develop a strong feeling of cooperation, trust, and friendship.

* Costs

The course is free of charge for teachers from the BUP member universities. The costs of accommodation and food will be covered by the BUP Centre for Finland at Abo Akademi University. A course fee of 800 Euro per person applies to all other teachers. All teachers must, however, cover all travel costs themselves.

Teachers are encouraged to investigate the possibility at their own universities to get Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility funding to cover their participation and travel costs.



* Applications include:

A motivation letter (1 page)

A short biography from a teacher/specialist perspective (one page)

A description of your planned teaching contribution (interactive workshops, lecture etc.) to the SAIL 2019 course. Innovative ideas on course content, teaching methods, interactive workshops or other activities (social included) on board are welcome (max 1 page)

A filled out health statement


All information is available at

http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/education/sail/sail-for-teachers/first-call-sail-for-teachers-2019/

 

 
 
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Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to build inclusive societies. Although notable progress has been made over the last 20 years, 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom (UNESCO Institute for Statistics).

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls' and women's education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.

Funded by China, the Prize since 2016,  conferres annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education.

Deadline for submissions is 28 May 2019 (midnight, Paris time).

Read more on the Prize and submission process: https://en.unesco.org/news/now-open-calling-champions-girls-and-womens-education-2019-unesco-gweprize

 
 
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The UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time  in November 2015.

The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It was established in the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) which calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Read more about the 2019 Call: https://en.unesco.org/prize-esd


Deadline for submitting nominatons: 30 April 2019


Any enquiries with regard to the nomination process should be addressed to Ms Miriam Tereick, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, phone: +33 1 45 68 16 68, e-mail: esdprize[at]unesco.org.

 
 
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Read the entire interesting article on the challenges of monitoring SDG 4.7 and the ways adopted by the UN agencies to overcome them (and provide comparable data in measuring the 21st century skills of ESD and Global Citizenship Education) here:

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/11/26/monitoring-for-21st-century-skills/

According to the article, two approaches are being adopted:

- The first solution accepts that understanding of these skills depend on cultural, traditional, and other contextual lenses, and therefore they should be measured within “comparable” contexts. Accordingly, the design of some assessment frameworks is focused on sub-regional or regional coverage where there are greater common understandings. The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) and Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa are examples of this perspective. The main argument here is that unless consensus at a regional level is in place on key definitions, values, behaviors, benchmarks, and thresholds on measurement of 21st century skills, global consensus will not be achieved.

- The second solution accepts the core concept of national ownership and accountability in monitoring 21st century skills. Accordingly, each country needs to define the contextualized framework on necessary skills that respond to its own needs, and then link with the global trends, priorities, and requirements. Through such country-owned durable solutions, quality data could be collected regularly referencing results for national policies in a timely manner. In this regard, the development of “light” modules that includes key items from the existing ILSA could be made available to all countries as a common good might be a fundamental step. To achieve this goal, structured capacity development on data collection and analysis are essential.]

 
 
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The WISE Awards support education projects across the world that are changing lives. If you know an innovative and financially sustainable education project, apply or nominate them before Jan 15, 2019!

http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards

 
 
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