This was the third time that MEdIES officers visited Cyprus and held capacity building trainings for teachers and educators, based on the educational material âThe other waterâ (Non Conventional Water Resources/NCWRs), within the framework of the Programme on NCWRs in Cyprus â 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 âThe other waterâ. 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 âhands-onâ 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 âhands-onâ and the educational material âthe other waterâ has been integrated in the CEEâs 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. Â 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 âtheoreticalâ 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 âa lotâ.
Find here a description of the material âThe other waterâ (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
Role/character presentation during the educational drama workshop