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SHORT REPORT OF THE TRAINING

European educators feel empowered to act against marine litter: This is one of the key messages of the week long course that took place from 7th to 13th October 2018, in Athens Greece. The training course brought together 24 teachers and adult trainers form Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Malta. During the week-long course, the participants had the opportunity to be acquainted with various educational tools, follow lectures, participate in hands-on workshops, do a series of site visits including a beach clean-up and monitoring and, finally come up with their own plans for projects to sensitize their target groups on the issue of marine litter.

Why should the European teaching community be concerned with the Marine Litter problem? Two-thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, and marine litter, especially plastic, is found in all of them, even in isolated, pristine environments. It poses a threat not only to the health of our seas and coasts but also to our economy and our communities. We call it "marine" because it ends up in the sea, but most of this litter is generated by land-based activities, often far away from the shoreline. Stopping the flow of litter into our seas concerns everyone and the best place to start tackling this global problem is on land.

There is lot to be done to tackle the complex problem on a global scale, including targeted policies, law enforcement, green design of products, concerted country actions, etc. Admittedly education of youth and sensitization of the general public on adopting ocean-friendly behaviors is one of the key actions needed. At the end of the course our participant teachers declared they have understood the scale of the problem and that they feel ready and empowered to act on it together with their students.

EVALUATION

The evaluation done through anonymous questionnaires revealed a high level of satisfaction (3.63 on an 4 point scale), while 24 out of the 25 respondents declared they would absolutely recommend the course to a colleague. Still, there is room for improvement of the course content: Most trainees asked to further increase the workshops and hands-on sessions compared to the theoretic sessions, as well as the interactions with the Greek teachers, possibly through including some school visits in the daily programme.

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The detailed agenda of the course: Download it here

The places of interest (visits) pinned on a map.

The press release IN ENGLISH

The press release IN GREEK


PHOTOS

Here below a few snaphots from our training's sessions:

Discovering the MARLISCO Exhibition on Marine Litter, currently hosted by the Municipality of Nikaia-Renti at the Village Park, Nikaia, Attiki


At the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMPEPA) Exhibition @ Peiraus



Beach clean-up and monitoring using the EEA MarineLitterWatch App



A truck all filled up with the seafloor litter that the divers team "We Dive We Clean" have collected (in total 650 Kg)


Puppet workshop on the Mediterranean tutle Caretta-caretta and the litter marine issue by MEDASSET


Making our own pins and bookmarks from old paper magazines guided by Shedia-Art team





Designing our own projects on Marine Litter and Education for Sustainable Development




Discovering the history of the Sounion Temple during the sunset time guided by Sophia Roc Mella, Director of the Handicraft-Industrial Educational Museum




At the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in front of the submarine!!!



The training course has been organised by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (www.mio-ecsde.org) through its education initiative MEdIES (www.medies.net) and the UNESCO Chair and Network of the University of Athens (http://unescochair.chem.uoa.gr/). The trainees supported their participation through the KA1 (Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals) of Erasmus+

 
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