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109- Sustainability: Water, present and future  


Upcoming sessions:

  • 109-2/2022: 03-08.10.2022

  • 109-1/2023: 20-25.03.2023

  • 109-2/2023: 02-07.10.2023

Price: 510€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)

Location: Lisbon (Portugal)

Course organizer: AM LearnToTeach Courses

 Number of participants: 20 

 Certification on completion: Yes 

 Language: English 


H2O is a simple formula where two hydrogen atoms bind to another one of oxygen, leading to the possibility of creating life. Water is life. It is the breeding ground of our origins, the circulatory system of the planet. A small change in its characteristics can imply a complete change of the balance of the Earth. Today, our major concern is the possibility of water shortage or its excess, which are causing climate changes and because of this imbalance, the resulting human consequences range from large-scale migration to potential conflicts.


Whenever mankind needed water, they organized themselves in communities and civilizations next to springs, lakes or rivers where, besides the political and administrative organization, they developed techniques for the preservation and distribution of this essential element of life while misuse led to the disappearance of some flourishing cultures.

From the human standpoint, the simplicity of water disappears. The social conscience of how the natural balance of our planet is limited, of the transience that water has had throughout history, the enormous value that this behaviour has for the future, needs to be incorporated into the reality of our classrooms.


Throughout this seminar, participants will be able to share their experiences and discuss how to approach this problem with the students.


The main objective of this course is to promote awareness about water conservation, sustainability of freshwater resources, and use of new technological opportunities around the world related to water supply, distribution and varied use. At the same time, to connect the history of water in the areas of architecture, water related systems, the myths/symbolisms/rituals of water, as well as the role of water in poetry, painting and popular culture, and how these elements have become communities’ heritage.


The participants, who are linked to formal school education, are expected to discuss the theme of water in its various perspectives and obtain competences to approach the topic with the different groups they work with.


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 ( which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.



  • Arrivals

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

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

Tuesday: Distribution of public water

  • Opening Conference

  • Route through the old Alfama springs

  • Water in the Roman period

  • Water in the Islamic period

  • Public baths during the nineteenth and twenty century and twentieth centuries


Wednesday: Water supply and its treatment in the XXI century

  • Visit the Free Water (Águas Livres) Aqueduct

  • Visit the Mãe de Água

  • Collecting and transporting water using gravity

  • Visit to the Alcantara WWTP. The process of collecting and treatment of wastewater and its impact on the Sea of Palha (Tagus Estuary)

  • The reuse of water for secondary purposes

Thursday: River is between the banks. The water, natural spaces and riverside communities

  • The riverbed and environmental problems

  • The banks as depositary of environmental conservation and biodiversity reserve

  • Fishing communities and survival of fishing activity

  • The social and cultural aspects of the riverside communities

  • Interaction with institutions related to environmental conservation and community memory

Friday: The significance of the Oceans

  • Visit to the Oceanarium

  • New educational activities on today´s environmental challenge

  • The conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the oceans

  • Climate change. The changes in the oceans

  • Workshop: “How to apply the contents in my work at the school”


  • Workshop. “Course portfolio: participants contribution”

  • Reflections/Summary of the course

  • Certificates

  • Departures

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

Places to visit

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

  • Mathematical, science, technology and engineering

  • Personal, social and learning

Target audience
  • School management

  • Teachers & school staff: primary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: secondary level;

  • Teachers & school staff: special needs

  • Company staff

  • Other

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