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Information Bulletin No 27

Information Bulletin No 27
January 2011 (October – November – December 2010)

 

Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,


Contents

 

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events
a. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 9-10 October 2010, Cairo, Egypt
b. Environment and Culture 2010: Myriads of Water Voices (GREEK EVENT)
c. One day long meeting for GREEK ESD Educators “Education for Human Rights“, 19 October 2010, Athens, Greece
d. The AQUA 2010 Conference, 22-23 October 2010
e. Series of Movie Shows& reflection discussions on Human Rights, Autumn 2010 Athens
f. Final experts meeting for training material on 'ESD in MAB BRs ', 8-9 November 2010, Athens
g. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 26-27 November, Beirut Lebanon

2. MEdIES Publications & ICTs
a. Updating of medies webpage

3. Other News
a. Training Seminar on Values Education for teachers of Athens, 10 November, Athens
b. CP/RAC Green Events Training, 23-24 Nov 2010
c. MEdIES is a Partner to a TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD

 

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events

a. Launching of “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean” 9-10 October 2010, Cairo, Egypt
The Launching events of the YXC kit in Egypt were organised on 9-10 October 2010 in Cairo, with a great participation and interest from the Egyptian educational community on the issue consumption.

One day Training event: Saturday 9 October 2010
This event was addressed to all those involved with education and youth issues in the formal or non-formal way, such as teacher of primary and secondary level, youth leaders, university students, staff of museums and NGOs carrying out educational projects etc. About 80 participants representing these categories attended the event, coming from all parts of the country. This variety of their backgrounds enriched the quality of discussions during the workshop, and was considered, overall as an aster to the training seminar. The evaluation outcomes done through a questionnaire showed a 84.4 % degree of satisfaction of the overall training seminar while the participants made specific recommendations for its improvement. These are taken into consideration from the organizers for the future events in the subsequent countries.

Launching event in Egypt: Sunday 10 October 2010
This event was addressed, primarily, to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, to local authorities, CSOs & NGOs, and the media. The aprox. 30-40 participants were very interested in the initiative, and actively participated in the discussion that followed by giving examples from their personal experience, in the field of youth work. The event was filmed by the International Nile TV and reportage on it was made on the news.

To read more on the YXC initiative and download the FULL REPORT of the events in EGYPT visit www.medies.net/staticpages/index.php?page=youthxchangeconsumpt

Contact person for YXC project: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

b. Environment and Culture 2010: Myriads of Water Voices, 14 October 2010, MIO-ECSDE premises
MEdIES was involved in the campaign ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE 2010 undertaken by the Greek Ministry of Culture with an educational activity entitled 'A water pot from the Mediterranean”

MEdIES designed and implemented an educational especially “fitted” for the MIO-ECSDE premises in Plaka, where an exhibition of water pots and other ceramic vessels is on display.

The 90-mimnute duration programme was given to a 4th Grade class of Primary students.
The ultimate goal of the programme was to use pottery as a vehicle that would bring students in contact with the culture of the ancient Greek world and to discover that Greek art was influenced other neighboring, p re-existing cultures. Pottery is an excellent means to approach this ambitious goal since it can be used in an experiential way: Students can touch it, carry it, put water in it, they can even break it, as only replicas of little economic value were used.

MEdIES officer responsible for the activity: Ms This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at info (at) medies.net

Read full report of the MEdIES event
Read more on the Campaign of the Ministry

c. Meeting for GREEK ESD Educators “Education for Human Rights“ in the framework of the Thematic Year 2010-11 of the UN DESD, 19 October 2010, Athens, Greece
MEdIES Secretariat and its Greek Pedagogical Team organised a one day long meeting entitled 'Education for Human Rights', on 19 October 2010 at the premises of MIO-ECSDE. This meeting has been organised since 2006 within the context of the UN Decade for ESD, 2005-2014, with a different focus theme each year (themes set by the Greek Ministry for Education). This year the ESD thematic year is devoted to Education for Human Rights, (.
The target audience of the meeting included all those responsible of 'special' or 'targeted' forms of education, existing in Greece that can be unified under the umbrella of ESD. That means heads of Environmental Education, Health Education and Cultural Affairs, both for Primary and Secondary level, in Attica region, as well as staff of Centers for Environmental Education (CEE) of Attica. The meeting aimed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn and discuss the approach to human rights under ESD.

Overall, aprox. 80 educators and trainers participated, a number much higher than anticipated. This fact shows that there is a great interest in the Greek Educational Community on the subject of Human Rights. On closing a CD-Rom was handed to all participants with rich selected bibliography, high quality educational materials, contact-lists of relevant bodies, and some selected activities from the Greek Pedagogic Team.

Read the full report of the meeting. All presentations and material in Greek language are uploaded here.

In this respect the Greek pedagogical team of MEdIES also organises a series of Movie Shows on the subject of Human Rights for Reflection and Discussion by the educational Community. During automn 2010, three shows are planned, to take place in a multi-function-cafe in the centre of Athens.

d. 4th AQUA Conference: 22-23 October 2010, Paiania, Attica, Greece
AQUA 2010 was co-organized by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat, GWP-Med and the University of Athens on 22-23 October 2010, in Paiania region of Attica, parallel to the LEADEREXPO international exhibitions: Envirotech ΄10 (on Water and Environment Technologies) and Photovoltaic ‘10 (on Energy Technologies).

AQUA 2010 entailed two special sessions: The first session (Friday, 22 October) organised by GWP-med, focused on the 'Alternative water resources in the Mediterranean'. The second special session (Saturday, 23 October) organised by MEdIES Secretariat, had a strong educational component focusing on the issue of Water through the prism of human rights.
In total, more than 100 participants attended the two special sessions of AQUA.

Read the full report here. Find the programme and the presentations (in Greek language) here
For more information on the Exhibition.

e. Series of Movie shows followed by discussion to be used in class, on Human Rights
One more activity was organised by the Greek pedagogical team of MEdIES with respect to the DESD thematic year on Human Rights. The idea was for ESD interested educators to gather, watch a relevant film and have a reflection discussion on how this film could be used in the class. The discussion was coordinated with the help of a person coming either form the film industry (director or actor) or coming from the area of protection of human rights (Civil Society, International organisations etc). During autumn 2010, three Movie shows took place on a monthly basis, which were hosted in a multi-function-cafe in Athens downtown.

The discussions that followed were valued by the participants as interesting and inspiring, as they gave room to teachers for sharing experiences and learning new things form the area of film production. The initiative was valued as rather i nnovative and meaningful; nevertheless the number of participant teachers was smaller than anticipated. In this respect the MEdIES pedagogic team is considering whether it should repeat the activity in the future giving it a stronger publicity and communication component, in a form of campaign.

f. Final experts meeting for training material on 'ESD in MAB BRs and other designated areas', 8-9 November 2010, Athens
10 experts were invited in the MIO-ESCDE premises in Athens to have this 1.5 day long working meeting with the task to finilise the texts of a soon-to-be published training material (handbook) for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The meeting was orghanised in the framework a joint project of MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES and UNESCO/BRESCE undertaken since 2008 with the ambitious aim of compiling a handbook for the educational staff of MAB BRs etc in the MEDITERRANEAN and the SEE REGION, on how to perform high quality ESD projects and interventions with their target audiences. The working document is expected to be finilised by 31/12/2010, and published within 2011.

Read the full report of the working meeting here.

Read more on the overall project on its webpage.

For more info contact Ms This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

g. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 26-27 November, Beirut Lebanon
Following a series of launching events in Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt, the YOUTH X CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN initiative was launched this time in Lebanon in November 2010 in a one and a half day long event jointly organised by the Makhzoumi Foundation and MIO-ECSDE. The event, as always, combined a press conference and an experiential train-the-trainer seminar for youth asso ciations and teachers both having a great participation and appreciation from the Lebanese community on the issue consumption. Apart from that, the organisers promoted the YXC initiative in Lebanese TV and radio.

26 November 2010, Press Conference
This event was addressed, primarily, to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, to local authorities, CSOs & NGOs, and, naturally, the media. During the event newly printed YXC guide was disseminated to the participants.

The ~ 80 participants were very interested in the initiative, and actively participated in the discussion that followed by giving examples from their experience, in the field of youth work, state of the environment in Lebanon, etc. The event was filmed by the Lebanese national TV that made a reportage on it, for the evening news.

One day Training event: Saturday 27 November 2010
This event was addressed to all those involved with education and youth issues in the formal or non-formal way.

About 80 people from all parts of the country, representing these categories participated. The variety of their backgrounds enriched the quality of discussions during the workshops, and was considered, overall as an asset to the training seminar.

Both events were widely covered by the media, including newspapers, radio and two TV channels

Read the full report here.
 

2. MEDIES Publications & ICTs

a. Updating of medies webpage
The “refreshed” MEdIES webpage will be uploaded in beta-version in January 2010

b. ESD in MAB BRs and other designated areas'
It is planned to be published within 2011. Some e-learning activities have been prepared for the promotion of part of the material and they are going to be launched soon.


3. Other News

a. Training Seminar on Values Education for teachers of Athens, 10 November, Athens Greece.
MEdIES participated, as co-organiser to a teacher training on the theme of APPLYING APPROPRIATE TEACHING TOOLS OF VALUES EDUCATION for teachers in Athens, on 10th October 2010. The event was co-organised with the EE (Environmental Education) heads of secondary and primary education of Athens (D’ department).

More than 80 EE educators of secondary and primary education from the region participated in the training that was hosted by the 1st High school of N. Psichiko. Ms Iro Alampei coordinated one of the experiential workshops of the seminar.

Read the report of the seminar here.

For more info contact Ms This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

b. Greening Events Training, 23-24 November 2010
An interactive training workshop was organised by CP/RAC on how to plan, implement and evaluate sustainable events, on 23-24 November 2010 hosted by the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC), organised in collaboration with the NGO Barcelonya.

Three MIO-ECSDE officers participated to the training, that had ~15 participants in total.
A webpage was created to serve as learning space, and a platform for sharing experiences among the participants in the future.

Read more.

c. MEdIES is a Partner to a TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD
MEdIES as well as the University of Athens are the Greek Partners in the newly launched TEMPUS PROJECT with the acronym RUCAS , which is led by the Dept. of Primary Education of the University of Crete. The project is entitled Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability (RUCAS), was launched in 15 October 2010 and has a 3-yr duration. Main goal of RUCAS is to support the development of ESD in the Higher Education sector in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Other partner institutions to the project come from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, and France. Kick off meeting of the project was organised in Crete in 14-15 December 2010, with the participation of two MEdIES officers. A project website is under development.

 

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ΜΕdIES Secretariat / MIO-ECSDE
Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development
Kyrristou 12, 105 56 – Athens, Tel. +30 210 3247490, 3247267 Fax. +30 210 3317127
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Web www.medies.net
 

 

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