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Educational Activities on Rain Water Harvesting / Non-Conventional Water Resources

PART I: Rainwater Harvesting in the Greek Islands 2009 -2016

Part II: Alter Aqua programme in Gozo island, Malta, 2011 - 2015

Part III: Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in Cyprus, 2013 - 2016

 


 

PART I: Rainwater Harvesting in the Greek Islands 2009 -2015

The educational component of the Rainwater Harvesting in Greek islands Programme is implemented by MEdIES Secretariat since 2009, in cooperation with the Departments of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the Perfecture of Cyclades and Dodecanese (Greece).

The purpose of this educational programme is to inform and sensitize students and teachers to the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the practice of collecting rainwater in cisterns. It is targeted for late primary and early secondary school level (ages 10-15yrs), but it has been also piloted at younger (kindergarden) as well as older students (16yrs), with very satisfactory results.

The educational component in itself has three main types of activities, in order to raise awareness and enhance learning:

- The Educational Material for teachers & students: "The Gift of Rain" is educational material specially developed for the Programme, based on which, the activities in the schools are realized. The material has been officially approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Education to be used by teachers in Greek schools. The material can be downloaded from here (MEdIES Publications).

In 2011 the material has been enriched with the production of a poster in Greek language that is handed out to the students. The poster explores elements of the water cycle in the Cyclades, and gives tips for wise water (re)use.

-¬†The Teacher Trainings: In parallel, teacher trainings take place in all the islands, during which the trainees are informed on how to use the educational material ‚Äúthe Gift of Rain‚ÄĚ with their students. During the trainings the material is handed out to them.

 

- The School Interventions: The students are engaged through appealing, participatory and experiential activities in order to express themselves and share experiences about the modern uses of water in their daily life but also their family tradition particularly with regard to  the practice of rainwater harvesting.

- The 2014 School contest: After 4 years of numerous school interventions, teacher trainings, and many open to public activities, in 2014 it was decided to include a school contest in the yearly activities as a way to capitalise the results of the project. Indeed the contest was a rather motivating and engaging experience. Read more on this specific activity here.

View a report of MEdiES Activities in the Cyclades - 2009
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View a report of MEdiES Activities in the Cyclades - 2010
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View a report of MEdiES Activities in the Cyclades - 2011
(English summary, Full report in Greek)
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View a report of MEdiES Activities in the Cyclades - 2012
(English summary, Full report in Greek)
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View a report of MEdiES teacher training in Malta, July 2012
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More information about the programme in Greek language (Greek Corner) here.


View a report of MEdIES Activities in the Cyclades - 2009

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View a report of MEdIES Activities in the Cyclades - 2010

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View a report of MEdIES Activities in the Cyclades - 2011

(English summary, Full report in Greek)

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Sikinos island, 2011: The short animation presents the set up of a tanker to collect and use the rain water.
Creators: GWP-med in partnership  in framework of the "Rainwater Harvesting Programme in the Greek Islands" in partnership with Mission Water Environmental Programme by the Coca-Cola System in Greece.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF-6PIQ0jgE

Sikinos island, 2011: The short animation presents the set up of a tanker to collect and use the rain water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF-6PIQ0jgE

 

View a report of MEdIES Activities in the Cyclades - 2012

(English summary, Full report in Greek)

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View a report of MEdIES Activities in Dodecanese and Athens- 2013

(English summary, Full report in Greek)

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View reports of the 2014 Events

A Greek School Contest : (English summary, Full article in Greek)

The MEdIES Activities in Dodecanese - 2014 (English summary, Full report in Greek)

The 2014 intervention to deaf and hard of hearing students (Link to English & Greek videos)

 

View reports of the 2015 Events

(English Summary, Full report in Greek)

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View reports of the 2016 Events

(English Summary, Full report in Greek)


 

The Rainwater Harvesting in the Greek Islands is a wider program involving -apart from the eduational activities - the construction of new and the repair of old rainwater collectors/cisterns in the islands. The programme is implemented by the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), and is supported through the Corporate Social Responsibility program "Mission Water" of Coca Colla Hellas 3E.






Part II: Alter Aqua programme in the Maltese Islands (Gozo & Malta) 2011 - 2015


The project builds on and expands the experience gained in the Greek islads in the past years (see above).

The thematic focus is expanded to cover other Alternative or Non Conventional Water Resouces Management (NCWRMs), besides Rain Water Harvesting.

The educational component that is implemented by MEdIES in collaboration with Nature Trust Malta (NTM) contains the same three pillars which are:


- The Educational Material for teachers & students, tailor-made to the characteristics and needs of the Maltese educational community.

- The Teacher Trainings: implemented by the MEdIES staff and the NTM staff.

- The School Interventions: implemented by the NTM staff. Also, a poster "ALTER AQUA" has been produced  in English and Maltese language and is handed out to the students. The poster presents water saving tips including ideas also from the NCWRs point of view, and explores elements of the water cycle.

 

Download the educational Material and the poster "Alter Aqua" for teachers and students

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View a report of the first Teacher Training in Gozo, July 2012

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View a report of the second Teacher Training in Gozo, July 2013

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Alter Aqua Teacher Trainings, 1 & 2 December 2015, Malta

This was the third time that the MEdIES Secretariat travelled to the Maltese islands to deliver a training to support the local teachers in implementing the Alter Aqua Educational Material in their classes. The training was organised by NTM ‚Äď EkoSkola in collaboration with MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES and GWP-Med. View a report of the training in Malta, December 2015.

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Watch a video animation for the Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) Programme in Malta
The animation is based on a real application in Kercem Primary school in the Island of Gozo, Malta.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-LEUyUdAC8

 

The Alter Aqua Video Game for youth
Alex is a teenager who must get by during a whole day with only one bucket of water available to him. He must choose the most efficient and sustainable way to use it and make use of "alternative" water recourses ... Want to know how he does that?

Click here to play the game


The ALTER AQUA is a wider programme on NCWRMs in Gozo and Malta involving -apart from the educational activities- infrustructure and technical works (installation of old rainwater collectors, installment of new cisterns, greywater) that is implemented by the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), in partnership with the Ministry of Gozo and the Eco-Gozo project, the Ministry for Energy and Health, MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES and the Nature Trust Malta (NTM) / EkoSkola Programme

Read more on Alter Aqua in Malta the respective page of GWP-Med.


 

Part III: Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in Cyprus, 2013 - 2017

The project constitutes the expansion of the Programme undertaken in the Greek Islands and the Maltese islands, successfully implemented in partnership with the Coca-Cola System since 2008 and 2011 respectively.

The thematic focus covers Non Conventional Water Resouces Management (NCWRMs), amongst them Rainwater Harvesting.

Cyprus is a very water stressed country, with limited fresh water resources and therefore in need of NCWR. The project aims to advance NCWR application for non potable uses in schools Environmental Education Centres (CEEs) and other public buildings as an inexpensive sustainable practice, setting an example to be widely followed by local communities.

The educational component that is implemented by MEdIES in collaboration with the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus contains two pillars which are:

- The Educational Material for teachers & students, tailor-made to the characteristics and needs of the Cypriot  educational community.

- The Teacher Trainings: implemented by the MEdIES staff and the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus. The first trainings took place in January and November 2014  while three more seminars followed in November 2016.

Dowload all the educational material for Student and Teacher (in Greek Language)

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View a report of the Teacher Trainings in Cyprus, January 2014

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View a report of two more seminars for acting and future teachers in Nicosia, November 2014

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View a report of the three teacher trainings in Ammochostos, Lemessos and Nicosia, 9-10 November 2016

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