Building the capacity of Tunisian educators to promote de-pollution through applying Education for Sustainable Development

on 18 July 2012.

On 11-12 June 2012, a Horizon 2020 workshop entitled “Education for Sustainable Development focusing on the H2020 thematic areas’’ was organized in Tunis within the framework of the H2020 CB/MEP program in collaboration with the Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES). This workshop was convened with the objective of raising awareness and building the capacity of Tunisian educators in promoting environmental and sustainable development issues, particularly on themes relating to H2020.

The workshop discussions and exercises focused on the principles and concepts of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and how to apply them (teaching methods) to the thematic areas of Horizon 2020. Specific themes of the workshop included how to educate students about water threats, on how to ensure water quality, on product life cycle analysis, and about consumption behaviors.

The 2 day workshop was largely delivered through experiential workshops and group work. It was based on educational materials developed by the MEdIES network (‘Water in the Mediterranean’ and ‘Waste in our lives’) that relate to the thematic areas of H2020. All the educational material used was handed out to the participants in hardcopies as well as electronically. The 39 trainees from schools, Ministries in charge of education and environmental issues and NGOs working with students, expressed enthusiasm about the high level of expertise, both in terms of content and on the state-of-the-art interactive learning methodologies applied.

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