Train-the-trainer course on the Educational Pack: Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter for formal and non formal educators

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This course is largely based on the educational pack “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter” that has been produced in 15 languages. Between 2012 and 2018 more than 500 formal and non formal educators have been trained on how to apply this pack within and outside the classroom walls.
The aim is to build trainees’ skills in delivering meaningful education interventions on the issue of marine litter, using experiential, learner-centered training methods.

WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED about marine litter as a teacher?
Marine Litter, especially plastic is a global “hot” issue: Found in all seas and coasts around the world, in all depths, even in the most isolated, pristine places of the planet, litter poses a threat to the environment, all sea-depended living creatures, human health and safety, as well as livelihoods. It is a complex problem, stemming from overconsumption, our single-use way of tinking and mismanagement of wastes.

As Europe prepares to ban single use plastic very soon the topic of marine litter becomes highly relevant to any European formal or non formal Educator.

What is the course about? (COURSE CONTENT & APPROACH)
The primary teaching source we will use is the educational pack “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”. The material has been designed to primarily serve the middle school level, but can be easily adjusted for younger or older students. It can also be used outside the formal school system. You can access it in English and 14 other languages here:
Apart from this pack, the trainees will be presented with selected good examples a series of other educational resources and tools on the topic (from Greece and beyond). We are not alone in the fight against litter: That’s why we will try to link our examples and activities, with both small and wider networks of stakeholders and initiatives
The course should not be seen solely dealing with marine litter education.  The topic is examined in the framework of wider agendas and movements of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Whole Institute Approach, citizen science and lifelong learning processes. Also, marine litter should be seen within the wider waste management and circular economy agendas. Therefore we 'use' marine litter as ‘vehicle’ in addressing wider sustainability topics. 
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) applies participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. ESD consequently promotes competences like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.

Who can take part? (TARGET AUDIENCE)
We encourage participation of people that live and work near the sea or other water bodies (rivers, lakes, etc). We hope that the variety of nationalities, professions, and backgrounds will lead to a creative blend that will offer us all the chance to learn from each other on how we can better sensitise our audiences on the complex issue of tackling marine litter .
The course welcomes, but is not restricted to the participation of:
- Formal Educators: In-service school teachers of primary and secondary level of all disciplines. 
- Non Formal Educators: Professionals working in museums, parks, aquariums, NGOs, etc. with interest on the topic of marine litter.

WHERE will it take place?
The course will take place in Athens, Greece.

What is the course LANGUAGE?
The course language is English.

What will I gain from this course? (Expected LEARNING OUTCOMES)
- You will get acquainted with the marine litter issue (causes, effects, directions for solutions).
- You will try hands-on teaching methods that you could apply with students or other audiences and contribute your own ideas.
- You will experience how the topic of marine litter is addressed in a school and (optionaly) a Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) in Greece.
- You will exchange views and experiences with educators (both formal and non formal) from other countries.
- You will design your own educational intervention / project on the topic.

What is the provisional DAILY PROGRAMME?
- Arrivals
- Settling in the hotel and course venue
- Networking activities
- Ice breaks, trainees expectations and needs
- Course introduction and scope
- The underlying principles of ESD
- First encounter with the educational pack “Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter”
- Analytic presentation of the educational material “Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter” through experiential workshops. 
- The MARLISCO Marine Litter Exhibition as a learning tool
- Selected Examples of ML campaigns and programmes (invited speakers)
- Visit to an NGO or school applying a marine litter project 
- Possible visit to a museum or school to see how the marine litter subject is covered in their programme of activities
- Principles on how to design a Beach Litter Monitoring and Clean up
- Designing educational games based on Marine Litter
- Visit to a beach for outdoor activities and games on marine litter
- Study Visit to Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).
- Visit to a beach for a demonstration clean-up and monitoring activity (optional swiming)
- Preparation of trainees’ project ideas and final presentations.
- Presentation of the trainees’ work
- Social event
- Final Evaluation (qualitative and quantitative)
- Certificates Ceremony
- Departures

Are there any PRE- and POST-Course TASKS?
Even though the actual face-to-face training lasts one week, the course work extends to several weeks before as well as after the meeting:
BEFORE:  One month before the meeting you will be asked to describe your background and specific needs, in order for us to tailor the training content to your needs, and fit in with your personal learning pathways, skills and motivation.
DURING: During the course innovative, experiential ESD methods will be applied including co-creation trough group work, peer learning, real life case analysis, study visits and outdoor education (on the beach). By the end of the week-long training the trainees will be asked to develop a project to demonstrate how the training content can be applied in their actual work setting (ideas for lesson plans, twinning projects, joint Erasmus+ projects, environmental campaigns, etc.).
AFTER: The trainees will have the opportunity to join networks that exchange information on how to effectively tackle marine litter (i.e. as members of the MEdIES network, the fb marine litter group, etc.) and thus maximize interaction and networking possibilities in the post-training phase.


Intereted applicants need to pre-register online at te course webpage. As organisers we accept pre-registrations up to one month before the training (29 Sept 2019).

The total cost for the week long course (including tuition fee, travel, accommodation and subsistence), depending on your country of origin, is estimated between 1300 and 1800 EURO. These costs are eligible to be 100% funded by the Erasmus+ programme, notably under Key Action 1 (KA1 - mobility projects for staff of school education and training and adult education).
The tuition fee is 490 EURO,

To pre-register visit the course webpage.
The deadline for pre-registrations is one month before each training session.

How can I get ERASMUS+ FINANCIAL SUPPORT for my participation?
Read step-by-step instructions at the course pre-registration webpage.

What if I am NOT ELIGIBLE or TOO LATE to apply for ERASMUS+?
If you wish to take part but e.g. you come from a non-eligible country for Erasmus+ or missed the deadline, you are welcome, but you should support your participation with your own means (or fundraise through your home institution, a donor, a scholarship, etc.). 

Course organiser
Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE)
Athens, Greece

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Upcoming sessions

06.10.2019 > 12.10.2019
Register before 30.09.2019