115- Eco-literacy for sustainability: think global, act local

Information

Upcoming sessions:

  • 115/2021: 27.09.2021-02.10.2021

  • 115/2022: 04.04.2022-09.04.2022

Price: 480€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)

Location: Palamós & Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

Course organizer: CFAE Centro-Oeste

 Number of participants: 20 

 Certification on completion: Yes 

 Language: English 

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Description

Sustainable development is not a new term. It has been around for a while but in 1987 at the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, the report “Our Common Future” was released, otherwise called the “Brundtland Report” which included one of the most widely recognized definitions of sustainable development: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

 

Based on this concept, a lot of new ideas and concepts were formed like eco-literacy which is the ability to realize how eco-systems work and how to use them in order to create a sustainable present and future.

 

"Think globally, act locally" urges people to consider the health of our planet and to act locally in a community level. Caring for habitats and organisms close to local communities was already taken care of by organised groups even before governments began enforcing environmental laws.

 

Apart from corporations acknowledging the importance of environmental issues, education systems were also interested. Government officials and school boards across the world are developing new ways of teaching. Globalization is now thought of as an important concept to understand the world. The importance of this issue is enhanced by a lot of schools as they apply the concept to ages as young as 5 years old. It is students who are our future, therefore understanding the concept of "think globally, act locally" is fundamental to our future.

 

The above terms refer clearly to economy, environment and society. To achieve sustainability and eco-literacy the new generations need to be taught and shown how to use the resources available and, at the same time, care for the future.

 

Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts and provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars (https://www.learntoteacheu.org/) which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.

Program

Monday

  • Arrival to Palamós (Costa Brava)

  • Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)

  • Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)

Tuesday (Living together: The rhythm of the forest)

  • Visit to the Museum of Cork (Museu del Suro Palafrugell)

  • Products from the forest: Biomass, mycology...

  • Visit to Les Gavarres mountains. The traditional vegetal charcoal

  • Workshop:  Handicrafts connected with the forest.

 

Wednesday (Origen and future: Water and the Sea)

  • Conference presentation: Water and sustainability, the sea.

  • Visit to the Fishing Museum of Palamós

  • Meeting with the brotherhood of fishermen: prawns are gold in Palamós

  • Gastronomy literacy: “Espai del peix”.

Thursday (Slow living: friendly cities)

  • The international Cittaslow organization in Pals

  • Rice cultivation, rice mill, traditional rice harvest in Pals

  • A walk between lagoons, rice fields and dunes in the low Ter river wetlands

  • Workshop – Preparing a lesson with my students: What to change in my city to become a cittaslow?

 

Friday (Social conscience: Urban environment)

  • Arrival to Barcelona

  • Visit the rainwater tanks in the city of Barcelona: preventing the floods.

  • The River Project: how to practically connect students with rivers sustainability.

  • Visit the Museum of Science in Barcelona. Amazonia and atmosphere.

  • Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.

 

Saturday

  • Workshop: The “Water day at my school”.

  • Reflections/Summary of the course

  • Certificates

  • Departures

*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Places to visit
Topics

Active citizenship, European dimension, History, social science, economics, geography, Physical and home education, health, outside of schools activities, Science, maths, geography, environment (STEM)

Key competences
  • Civic

  • Cultural awareness and expression

  • Mathematical, science, technology and engineering

  • Personal, social and learning

Target audience
  • Teachers & school staff: primary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: secondary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: special needs

  • Recent graduates / Students

  • School management

  • Other

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