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Profiting from the presence of a broad range of co-organizing stakeholders, the training Seminar entitled "Education for Sustainable Management 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 "The Gift of Rain".

The Seminar aimed to build the capacities of in-service and pre-service teachers coming from both the formal and the non formal sector around the topic of water resources and management, while focusing on a specific teaching method of applying Simulation Models.

More specifically the seminar was organised around these priorities / objectives :

  1. Promotion of ESD through formal education (schools, universities, etc.), non-formal and informal learning (community groups, associations, media, NGOs).
  2. Training of teachers to acquire the necessary skills to integrate ESD in their teaching. Training in modeling issues
  3. Promotion of tools and learning materials for ESD that supports the Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWRs) Management.
  4. Enhancing the cooperation of various stakeholders on ESD at all levels.
  5. Promotion of ESD as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development.
  6. Promotion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically Goal 6.

The sessions within the three days seminar included 4 exhibitions, 6 lectures, 8 Workshops, 1 roundtable and an evaluation session.

In total more than seventy six (76) participants took part, including educators, headmasters, regional science inspectors, regional directors of education, ESD /EE responsible officers from the regions of Attica, Fokis and Boeotia.

The invited speakers included: Professor M. Scoullos (MIO-ESCDE, UNESCO Chair and GWP-Med), Jacob Gannoulis (Special Secretary for Water-Ministry of Environment and Energy), Athanasios Panagiotopoulos (Delphi Mayor), Christos Dimitriou (Regional Education Director of Central Greece), Michael Theocharopoulos (CEE pf Amfissa), Eisodia Douka (Special Secretariat for Water -Ministry of Environment and Energy) and Vassilis Psallidas (MEdIES).

Seminar Co-Organisers:

  • Amfissa’s Center of Environmental Education (CEE),
  • MIO-ECSDE, through MEdIES Initiative,
  • UNESCO Chair & Network for Management and ESD at University of Athens
  • Global Water Partnership- Mediterranean (GWP-Med),
  • Delphi Municipality,
  • Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs,
  • Special Secretary for Water – Ministry of Environment and Energy

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The “Ministerial Conference on the Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean”, took successfully place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 8-9 December 2016, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, with the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean, the technical support of the MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE and in cooperation with the EU/ Horizon 2020 Initiative to Depollute the Mediterranean, the League of Arab States, the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development of the UNEP/MAP and the UNECE. The Conference is a concrete contribution to the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD given that the Action Plan itself has been included in the “Flagship Projects” of the GAP/UNESCO (under the priority area of “Advancing Policy”).

 

The Conference resulted to the unanimous adoption of the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) (that has been endorsed by the UfM Ministers of Environment and Climate Change in Athens, 2014) and the “Nicosia Declaration”.


The Action Plan is taking into consideration the major international and regional developments and frameworks related to Sustainable Development and ESD; thus, it aspires to be a “new generation” instrument which responds simultaneously to all relevant to ESD requests and provisions of international Conventions and Bodies. It has been prepared through a participatory process by the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean/University of Athens with the technical assistance of MEdIES.

Access the text of the agreed Action Plan here


Moreover, the Conference provided an excellent opportunity to the approx. 60 delegates from 19 countries* (Ministers, Deputy Ministers and High-level Officials) and representatives of international organizations to share experience and best practices in the application of ESD in their countries, identifying common challenges, key drivers and barriers.


At the final session of the Conference where the Nicosia Declaration on ESD (download the text) was adopted the representatives of the international organizations and namely, UNECE, League of Arab States, Union for the Mediterranean, UNEP/MAP, and UNESCO agreed to promote this important initiative and the make an effort to mainstream somehow the MSESD and its Action Plan in their Organisations’ Agendas.


Furthermore, a Mediterranean Committee for ESD is to be established for following up and promoting the implementation of the MSESD through the Action Plan. The Committee will collaborate closely with the GAP/UNESCO, the EU, the League of the Arab States, the Secretariat of the UfM and the MCSD (facilitated by UNEP/MAP). The Committee could set up focus groups to work on specific issues such as one on indicators.

 

Prof Michael Scoullos UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean had the task of the Rapporteur for the whole Conference and participated as EU representative also through his role as Team Leader of the EU Programme SWIM-H2020 Support Mechanism.

MEdIES/MIO-ESCDE was represented by Vicky Malotidi and Iro Alampei, who also presented the ALTER AQUA project as a flagship initiative in the region.

 

More information about the Conference can be found here: http://www.esdmedcyprus.pi.ac.cy/

Read here the press release (in Greek) by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus

 


*Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Romani, Slovac Republic and Tunisia.

 

 

 

The family photo of the participants

 

 

Prof Scoullos presenting the draft Action Plan

 

 

Ms Iro Alampei presenting the experience of the ALTER AQUA project from the education practitioner point of view

 

 


 
 
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This was the third time that MEdIES officers visited Cyprus and held capacity building trainings for teachers and educators, based on the educational material “The other water” (Non Conventional Water Resources/NCWRs), within the framework of the Programme on NCWRs in Cyprus – Mission Water coordinated by GWP-Med. The project has run successfully in Cyprus since 2014 and all MEdIES activities have been co-organised with the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus and GWP-Med.

This time, the seminars combined two teacher trainings (9/11, 15.30-18.30 at the Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) of Kavo Greko, Ammohostos, and 10/11, 15.30-18.30, CEE of Akrotiri, Lemessos), and one targeted training for all Cypriot CEE staff (10/11, 09.00-14.00, CEE of Athalassa, Nicosia) respectively. Approx. 65 teachers and educators participated in all meetings.

All trainings aimed to elaborate on specific educational methods of the educational material “The other water”. To this end, apart from the presentations on the overall Programme (by Mariella Antonakopoullou, GWP-Med), the educational material (by Vicky Malotidi, MEdIES) and how the material has been envisaged and used in Cyprus (by Anna Nikolaou and Klio Hadjisimou, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus) the trainings included two experiential workshops:

(a) on educational drama, animated by Iro Alampei, who applied various drama techniques to revive the water related realities and challenges, some decades ago (based on Activity 6 of the hardcopy material).

(b) on using models, animated by Vassilis Psallidas, who demonstrated how to construct and integrate a model in the teaching and learning process (based on Activity 3 of the hardcopy material).

Additionally, the teachers were briefed about the sets of the “hands-on” material which has been produced to support the application of the printed material, namely, the magnetic board on the water cycle and 4 floor plans on: rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, desalination and wastewater reclamation.

Furthermore, the seminar targeted for CEE staff provided the opportunity to discuss and share experiences on how the “hands-on” and the educational material “the other water” has been integrated in the CEE’s educational programmes and activities with students, and also, if, and how they have integrated the greywater systems installed in their premises (namely, for CEEs of Athalassa, Pedoula and Salamiou). This discussion gave interesting input to the MEdIES Secretariat, particularly in view of the foreseen re-production of the educational material next year.

Overall the participants in all events found the trainings and particularly the two Workshops meaningful, useful and important eventually to be followed by more trainings (maybe next year) while they asked for more time (larger duration) to be available in such seminars.  More particularly, almost all participants (99%) found that the seminar gave them to a great extent the opportunity to interact, and work together in groups and an equally very high percentage (97%) found that there the balance was achieved completely between the “theoretical” part of the seminar (presentations, etc.) and the experiential one (activities, work in groups, etc. The majority (~80%) found that their capacities and knowledge on the themes of the training were enhanced to a great extent while the vast majority (~90%) declared that the content of the training was compatible with their work and applicable to their students “a lot”.

Find here a description of the material “The other water” (in Greek language) and download its contents in PDF Files


The trainings took place in the framework of the Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) Programme in Cyprus, an initiative of the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med), in cooperation with the e Coca-Cola system in Cyprus (Lanitis bros & Coca-Cola Cyprus. The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE through MEdIES) and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Ministry of Education and Culture) are partners in the education activities of the Programme.


Discussing about the usability of the hands on of the "other water" material with the educators of the CEEs



Working on the rainwater and greywater model



Making still images (frozen frames) during the educational drama



Working on a SWAT Analysis of the model elaborated during the workshop




Group working



Role/character presentation during the educational drama workshop

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Following a series of meetings already since 2015, in October 2016 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).

For two academic years (2016-17 and 2017-18) the students of Graphic Design will work for the production of a series of short video animations on water, with the scientific support of MIO-ECSDE, GWP-Med and MEdIES, and particularly prof. Scoullos.

The central topic is water, but the students can freely choose whether they follow a scientific, awareness raising, informative, or merely entairtaining apporach, about the realities and the challenges that this valuable resource faces today.

In the first year the students will develop their scenarios translated to storyboards (cartoons).

In the second year the designed-on-paper cartoons will take the form of short video animations.

 

 
 
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The Summer University of Samothraki 2016 took place between 9 and 22 in July 2016 with the participation of a wide consortium of Research Institution and Networks, Universities, National and Local Authorities, NGOs and with support of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the Municipality of Samothraki.

The summer university consisted of two parallel courses: Course A entitled “Aquatic and Social Ecology- Theory and Practice” and Course B on “Integrated Water and Coastal Management - Educational and Participatory Approaches.

In total, more than 70 participants from 21 countries participated.

The summer university aspired to provide a high quality education to post graduate students and young scientists from European countries with a special focus on south East Europe (Balkan) countries on Integrated Management practices of Biosphere Reserves and various other categories of protected areas (National Parks, Areas Natura 2000, etc.).

The main aim was to deepen the understanding of the value of Biosphere Reserves as "laboratories" and "catalysts" of Sustainable Development. The Summer University specifically aimed to highlight the rich natural and cultural diversity and heritage of the island of Samothraki and support the proposal for its inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, MAB/UNESCO).

Furthermore, within the Summer University a public event with the locals was also organised on July 19th.

Successful participation awarded the traineed of the Summer University with 6 ECTS.

COURSE B results

Course B was lead by MIO-ECSDE, and supported by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and   UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe Venice (Italy). GWP-Med has also supported the organisation of the event. Find at this link all presentations by the trainers, the outcomes of the trainees's group work, and the evaluation results based on anonymous questionaires)

Link: http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=1072&overRideCategory=1

 

The Sustainable Mediterranean Special edition

As an immediate follow up, the trainees of both Courses will be invited to submit their work findings in form of documents to be promoted electronically (at http://sustainable-samothraki.net/ and www.medies.net) and potentially in hard copy form (Special edition of “Sustainable Mediterranean” Newsletter published by MIO-ECSDE). Guidelines will be circulated in September 2016.

The Tutor Statement:

The organisers and trainers of Samothraki co-signed the joint Tutor Statement to support the accession of Samothraki to the Directory of the World Network of Bioshere Reserves.

 

 

Some snapshots from the summer university are following.

Registration time:

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Who-is-who session/the students:

 

Who-is-who session/the organising group:

 

 

Biosphere Reserves presentation by P.Pypaert UNESCO Office in Venice:

 

Ice breakers:

 

 

Discovering the Fonias river ecosystem together with Prof N.Tuncay (left) and Dr St.Zoggaris (right):

 

"I  saw the snake..."

 

For the ...brave ones, diving in one of the Fonias River pools

 

Dinner with traditional live music

 

and the wonderful mucisians:

 

Visit to the archaelogical site of the Great Gods Sanctuary:

 

Exploring the IWRM Toolbox with Danka Thalmeinerova (right):

 

 

Time for beach clean up & litter items recording:

 

Prof Scoullos discussing about European perspectives of water management with dr El. Lipiatou and dr M.Moren, EU:

 

 

The mayor of Samothraki addresses the audience during the public event on July 19th:

 

Students statements during the public event:

 

 

Discovering & discussing about fossils in Samothraki:

 

Time for certificates ... finally:

 

 

Finito!

 

But the island's ... residents remain...

 

 

... till next time ....

 
 
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MEdIES has taken part in the organization of an intensive, hot, and aquatic two day training, hosted in the wonderful island of Andros: the aim being to train primary level teachers to integrate in their teaching the issue of Marine Litter!

On the first day, after checking in the hotel, the ~60 participants followed some plenary presentations on the issue and visited the MARLISCO exhibition, in order to get a basic understanding on the issue. The entire second day was set up in the form of rotating workshops, most of which took part in the field, namely the beaches around Gavrion. The participants were trained about specific experiments, tasks and games they can do with their students to monitor and record marine litter and critically reflect on the causes and possible ways to tackle the issue.

Much of the training content was built on the MARLISCO exhibition and the educational material “Know Feel Act! to Stop Marine Litter” that was handed to them.

The training was co-organised with the CEE of Korthi Andros together with the EE officers of primary level of the regions: Cyclades, C Athens, A Athens, West Attica.

MEdIES Officers Vassilis Psallidas and Iro Alampei undertook the organization and the formation during the training. Read more in Greek language here.

View snapshots of the meeting:

© CEE of Korthi, Andros

© CEE of Korthi, Andros

© CEE of Korthi, Andros

© CEE of Korthi, Andros

 

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

© Vassilis Psallidas

 

© Xaris Kourouzides

 

© Xaris Kourouzides

 

© Xaris Kourouzides

 

 

 
 
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This was the fourth round of the e-course aiming to introduce the educational pack Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter targeting formal and non formal European educators, that took place in May 2016. The course was held by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, this time in the framework of the DeFishGear project, with the financial assistance of the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.

THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL “KNOW, FEEL, ACT! TO STOP MARINE LITTER”
The educational pack aims to inform, sensitise and enable teachers and students from Europe and beyond to take action to tackle litter in our seas and coasts. The Pack is available online in many European languages. It contains 17 learning activities examining the characteristics, sources, effects and possible ways to tackle the problem, addressing it from an environmental, societal, cultural and economic point of view. It is designed to primarily serve youth aged 10-15 yrs, but is adjustable to other audiences as well.

THE E-COURSE RATIONALE & DESIGN
The e-course that is “built” on the Educational Pack is equivalent to an intensive 2 days long face-to-face seminar with the aim to train learners on effective ways of teaching about marine litter. The workload for learners is about 16 hrs that is “stretched” over 12-14 days, so that even highly busy people can participate by devoting 1-2 hours daily. The course is asynchronous, which means learners and facilitators don’t have to be online at any specific time, they login at any time. Within the e-course an overview of the educational pack is presented, and effective ways it could be incorporated in real life are demonstrated. Trainers and learners shape each time an interactive learning community that simulates activities of the Pack, tests their validity and appropriateness, and suggests ways to adjust and improve them. The obstacles faced in implementing such activities and how to overcome them are also discussed.
A critical feature that allows this meaningful interaction amongst learners is that the course is not a MOOC in the sense that it is neither massive nor impersonal. The learners’ group is of the order of 50-100 people, which allows getting to know each other, our experiences with marine litter, and how one can benefit from another.Another feature of this e-course is that its content is not fixed. Learners are treated as experts and are often requested to generate content. Much of what is to be “learned” comes from those who not only “receive” but also “offer” their insights on the subject. The teachers, NGO and museum staff, surfers, divers, activists, university students that usually take part in the course all share a deep love for the sea, and that could possibly explain their commitment in the course content and the high completion rates. 
Last but not least, in each round taken and although the main e-course content remains the same, the learners’ comments and suggestions lead us to amend it every time in order to improve the learning experience of those that take part.
ROUND IV RESULTS
In this round, despite the similar to the previous rounds number of applications (111 from 27 countries), more than 1 one out of 3 never logged in (percentage significantly higher compared to previous rounds). The majority of participants came from the Euro-Mediterranean region and a few from far away countries (in alphabetical order: Albania, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA). Once again women greatly outnumbered men, with a ratio 3 to 1.
As in the previous rounds, the rates of completion were considered high, compared to the global average of e-course completion. Specifically, from the 111 registrants: 
a) 42 (38%) never logged in. 
b) 36 (32%) completed only parts of it, while 
c) 33 (30%) successfully completed the course.
If one takes out the 42 applicants that never logged in, we see that 69 people benefited from the course content and about half of them completed it successfully. The course was evaluated by an external expert using a “before and after” questionnaire. Detailed analysis is beyond the scope of this report. In the table below the average responses of the 39 trainees that kindly filled the post-course survey are presented. A 1-7 Likert type scale was used.

The e-course (round IV):

Mean scale 1-7

1

...was relevant and well linked to the EduPack "Know feel act! to stop marine litter"

6.64

2

...was the right level of complexity

6.28

3

...offered sufficient guidance on how to use the EduPack

6.49

4

…was appropriate and useful for non-formal educators

6.51

5

…was appropriate and useful for formal educators

6.49

6

…had an appropriate time allocation (~16 hrs over 13 days) in order to achieve its objectives

5.82

7

…gave me a good chance to voice my opinions in discussions

6.44

8

…offered enough opportunity to ask questions

5.92

9

…was well facilitated by the trainers

6.26

10

…contained e-tools that I may use in the

6.62

11

…achieved its objectives as described in the beginning

6.54

12

…had a satisfactory level of engagement on behalf of the learners

6.15

There is a high degree of trainees’ satisfaction as demonstrated by the average scores in all 12 questions. Only two items scored below 6, namely the time allocation (a factor mentioned in some written comments) and the opportunity to ask questions. The extra week given to complete assignments certainly helps those that are motivated, but late.

The key proposal for improvement of the e-course in the future is to deepen in the scientific aspect of marine litter (e.g. through presenting results of recent research, or up taking more experiments within the course itself).

In learners’ words ...

Informal evaluation through comments, pledges and other non quantitative indicators is equally important and useful. Here are some quotes of learners that were shared in the e-course discussion forums:

“My own vision for a “sustainable coast”  it's not about great expectations, it’s about lot of little, simple steps/actions that we should take every moment to make our local environment a little bit better.” (Afroditi, Greece)

"As a diver i understand you the most horrific is when Ι participated in scientific trawling... oh the garbage we collected... from arm chairs to boots to old typewritters... so much we cant see travelling into the deep sea.” (Marina, Cyprus)

“I personally realized, that I found a place that makes me happy because it is THAT beautiful!” (Phillip, Germany)

“My sketch is a sea turtle coming on to a clean and quiet beach to nest. We encourage people to keep the beach clean and pick up after themselves so that nesting females and hatchlings can make it safely across the sand.” (Ronald, USA)

“This is my vision for the future. Every year I do scuba diving in the sea, every time I see things that affect marine life. If others people can see waste that the sea throws out, I see what the sea detain. (Erald, Albania)

 

ORGANISERS

The DeFishGear project

The course is held by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES in the framework of the DeFishGear project, with the financial assistance of the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture & Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE).
Established in 1993 MIO-ECSDE (
www.mio-ecsde.org) is a non-profit Federation of 130 NGOs from the Mediterranean region working in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES).
Launched in Johannesburg (WSSD, 2002), MEdIES (
www.medies.net) is MIO-ECSDE’s main education imitative, with the objective to provide capacity building on ESD through publications, trainings and the facilitation of an e-network of educators.

THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL “KNOW, FEEL, ACT! TO STOP MARINE LITTER”
The educational pack aims to inform, sensitise and enable teachers and students from Europe and beyond to take action to tackle litter in our seas and coasts. The Pack is available online in many European languages. It contains 17 learning activities examining the characteristics, sources, effects and possible ways to tackle the problem, addressing it from an environmental, societal, cultural and economic point of view. It is designed to primarily serve youth aged 10-15 yrs, but is adjustable to other audiences as well.
THE E-COURSE RATIONALE & DESIGN
The e-course that is “built” on the Educational Pack is equivalent to an intensive 2 days long face-to-face seminar with the aim to train learners on effective ways of teaching about marine litter. The workload for learners is about 16 hrs that is “stretched” over 12-14 days, so that even highly busy people can participate by devoting 1-2 hours daily. The course is asynchronous, which means learners and facilitators don’t have to be online at any specific time, they login at any time.
Within the e-course an overview of the educational pack is presented, and effective ways it could be incorporated in real life are demonstrated. Trainers and learners shape each time an interactive learning community that simulates activities of the Pack, tests their validity and appropriateness, and suggests ways to adjust and improve them. The obstacles faced in implementing such activities and how to overcome them are also discussed. A critical feature that allows this meaningful interaction amongst learners is that the course is not a MOOC in the sense that it is neither massive nor impersonal. The learners’ group is of the order of 50-100 people, which allows getting to know each other, our experiences with marine litter, and how one can benefit from another.
Another feature of this e-course is that its content is not fixed. Learners are treated as experts and are often requested to generate content. Much of what is to be “learned” comes from those who not only “receive” but also “offer” their insights on the subject. The teachers, NGO and museum staff, surfers, divers, activists, university students that usually take part in the course all share a deep love for the sea, and that could possibly explain their commitment in the course content and the high completion rates.
Last but not least, in each round taken and although the main e-course content remains the same, the learners’ comments and suggestions lead us to amend it every time in order to improve the learning experience of those that take part.
ROUND IV RESULTS
In this round, despite the similar to the previous rounds number of applications (111 from 27 countries), more than 1 one out of 3 never logged in (percentage significantly higher compared to previous rounds). The majority of participants came from the Euro-Mediterranean region and a few from far away countries (in alphabetical order: Albania, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA). Once again women greatly outnumbered men, with a ratio 3 to 1.
As in the previous rounds, the rates of completion were considered high, compared to the global average of e-course completion. Specifically, from the 111 registrants:
a) 42 (38%) never logged in.
b) 36 (32%) completed only parts of it, while
c) 33 (30%) successfully completed the course
If one takes out the 42 applicants that never logged in, we see that 69 people benefited from the course content and about half of them completed it successfully.

 
 
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A consultation meeting for the educational material "The gift of the rain in the city" organised by MEdIES on 18/05/2016 at the ΜΙΟ premises in Athens.

During the meeting 11 experienced educators and education officers participated, shared experiences and views and provided feedback for the developement of a new educ. MEdIES material. This new material will be targeted to water issues in urban centrees/integrated managenemt aproches/the urban water cycle.

It will be primarily applied to schools in Alexandroupolis (Northern Greece) in 2017.

The analytical report of the meeting (in Greek) is available here .

 

 

 

 
 
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The MEdIES Secretariat responded positively to the invitation of the Municipality of Megara, to host the MARLISCO exhibition for 3 weeks in the Municipal Cultural Centre and organize therein school visits.

The aim is to sensitise the students on the issue of marine litter and give them incentives to undertake a project about it, at home, on the nearby beaches and at their schools.

A training seminar was also organised on Friday 13/05/2016 to prepare the teachers who were about to bring their classes to the exhibition and was attended by about 25 teachers of primary and secondary level. The participating teachers worked in groups to discover the contents of the posters of the exhibition, as well as the educational material “Know Feel Act! To Stop Marine Litter” and discussed on possible pedagogic approaches for the issue of litter.

During the 3 week stay of the exhibition in Megara it is expected to receive hundreds of visitors, including students but also families and civilians attending other activities of the Cultural Centre.

The Municipality of Megara kindly offered the transfer of the exhibition and its hosting.

MEdIES officers Iro Alampei and Vicky Malotidi organised the training seminar in collaboration with the EE/ESD officer of the region Ms Alexandra Tsiggou and Ms Eleni Riga from the Municipality.

View snapshots from the teacher training of 13/05/2016:

 

 

 

 


 
 
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This was the 8th year for MEdIES to have collaborated with the Mission Water Environmental Programme and GWP-Med* to implement educational activities in schools. This year’s activities took place in two small islands of the Dodecanese, namely Nisyros and Tilos on 15/04/2016. Meanwhile, there has been a great participation of students and teachers in the wider area of Athens.

As in previous years, our educational intervention targets mainly primary and early high school students, aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting in cisterns. Our approach is experiential and discovery-based. At the end of the intervention the educational poster “I care for water” is disseminated to students.

Nisyros and Tilos are tiny islands with small student population. In total, 96 students and 11 teachers have participated in the project activities.

We found out that in Nisyros practically every house was equipped with a cistern, that kept being in use until very recently. Teachers in their 40s or even 30s had vivid memories of the cistern, how it was made water proof, how it was filled, how it was cleaned, how it was sometimes broken by tree roots and repaired, etc. The young students also had a strong appreciation of the value of water, water is not a given in this tiny island and many families keep using their cisterns.

In the island of Tilos also, students showed a strong appreciation for water.

Besides the islands of Dodecanese, year a plethora of educational interventions for students and teachers were carried out in Athens in this school year, but also in other islands (Mykonos, Hydra, Poros, Aigina, Spetses). In total 2158 students have participated to the “Gift of Rain Activities” and 595 teachers have been trained in seminars. The activities in Athens are coordinated by Mr Vassilis Psallidas.


Read here the analytical report of activities ( in Greek)  in Greece for 2016


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

All educational interventions are done in collaboration with the Departments of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the Dodecanese and of Attica-Athens, respectively.


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Shots from 2016 activities with students and teachers in Nisyros island:

 

 

 

 

Shots from 2016 activities with students and teachers in Tilos island:





 

 

 
 
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