Train-the-trainer course on Marine Litter Education

General admission

Train-the-trainer course on Marine Litter Education

Focusing on the Educational Pack:
Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter

for formal and non formal educators

Course dates: Sunday 4 Oct 2020 - Saturday 10 Oct 2020

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 2019 more than 550 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 thinking and mismanagement of wastes.

As Europe prepares to ban single use plastics (see here) the topic of marine litter becomes highly relevant to any European formal or non-formal educator.

What is the course about? (content & apporach)

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 and 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. In this context 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 marine parks, aquariums, NGOs, etc. with interest on the topic of marine litter.

To ensure an effective course a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants is required.

Where will it take place?

The course will take place in Athens, Greece. The indoor sessions will be held at the premises of MIO-ECSDE in the historical centre, while the outdoor sessions will take place on coastlines near Athens.

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 training venue
- Networking activities



- Ice breakers, 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”



- Getting to know the educational material “Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter” through experiential workshops. 
- The MARLISCO Marine Litter Exhibition as a learning tool (depending on whether the exhibition is displayed in Athens during the period of the training)
- 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 through a questionnaire on all aspects of the training programme)
- 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 course 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.

DUNRING: 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 course the participants 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.

 Will I get a certification ?

Trainees who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, and the UNESCO Chair & Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean of the University of Athens.

How do I pre-register?

Intereted applicants need to pre-register online (click on REGISTER top right of the webpage). As organisers we accept pre-registrations up to one month before the training (4 Sept 2020).

 What is the entire cost ?

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). (see below)

The tuition fee is 490 € (EURO), and 

  • DOES include the trainers' fees, one hard-copy of the material “Know Feel Act! to Stop Marine Litter” in the English language, Wifi equipped meeting venue, coffee breaks & certificate.
  • DOES NOT include: travel, accomodation, meals, insurance, local transfers (to/from airport, for study visits, etc.), museum entrances other sundry expenses.

Registrations are considered valid only if the tuition fees have been paid to the organizer by the deadline (one month before the course takes place 4 Sept 2020). The details for the bank transfer will be provided to the applicants.

Cancelation Policy: For cancelations after payment, only 70% of the tuition fee is reimbursable. Alternatively, you can ‘transfer’ the fee and take part in a future session of the training.

 How can I get financial support for my participation?

To receive the funding the shcool or organisation (home institution) of the trainee must to submit a KA1 Erasmus+ grant application by the annual KA1 deadline. Applicants can not apply as individuals, only through their institution.

For this year the deadline is the 5th February 2020 (for courses taking place between summer 2020 - summer 2021). Take note that there is only one deadline per year, so if you are interested to apply please move fast. 

DEADLINE for Erasmus+ KA1 applications extended to 11 February 2020!!!

Contact your National Agency to see if you are eligible to apply and be informed of the process. The list of National Agencies can be found here:

 Which are the steps to apply for the Erasmus+ Grant?

  1. Check with your National Office or Agency if your country (and institution) is eligible to apply.
  2. Read carefully the Erasmus+ guide, notably the sections related to KA1.
  3. Find out if your Institution has a PIC code or an Organisation ID. This is mandatory to participate in Erasmus+. If you are not sure if your Instution has a PIC or Organisation ID, browse for your instituton here. In case you don't have neither of threm, follow the guidelines to register.
  4. Download the application form from your national agency website.
  5. Write a complete and detailed proposal elaborating carefully your training needs and the expected impact. Have in mind that filling the application requires some time investment form your part, do not leave it for the last days. Let us know how we can support you in filling it. 
  6. Submit the application online before the annual Erasmus+ deadline (05/02/2020).

 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 very welcome, but you should fundraise with your own means to support your participation (e.g. via your home institution, a donor, a scholarship, etc.). 

  Who are the course organisers? 


Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture & Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE).
Established in 1993 MIO-ECSDE ( is a non-profit Federation of 130 NGOs from the Mediterranean region working in the field of environment and SD.


Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES).
Launched in Johannesburg (WSSD, 2002), MEdIES ( is MIO-ECSDE’s main education initiative, aiming to provide capacity building on ESD through trainings, educational materials and the facilitation of an e-network of educators.


UNESCO Chair & Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean at the University of Athens (UoA). Under the direct leadership of its Director Prof. Michael Scoullos, the Chair conducts training, research, information sharing and outreach activities in UNESCO major programme areas: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication & information. It brings together and catalyzes synergies among components, organisations and bodies.

contact the organisers

MIO-ECSDE & MEdIES: 12 Kyrristou str., 10556, Athens, Greece
T +30 210 3247267 (ext 202) MEdIES Secretariat:

Who are the course trainers?


Iro Alampei has a Masters in Teaching Science and 15 years of experience as a MEdIES education officer. Iro is a co-author of the MARLISCO educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter” and has led a series of online ToT courses on this material, reaching a total of more than 400 trainees. 


Vicky Malotidi has a Masters in Teaching Science and 15 years of experience as a MEdIES education officer. Vicky is a co-author of the MARLISCO educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter” and is a certified adult trainer. She has co-organised a lot of ESD experiential workshops on various topics, including on marine litter.


Vasilis Psallidas has a Masters in Environmental Biology and 35 years of experience as a teacher and headmaster of the secondary educational level. He has been a MEdIES Senior ESD Advisor for the past five years and a trainer in several courses dedicated to the application of the educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”.


Prof. Michael Scoullos is Director of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean, at the University of Athens.
Prof. Scoullos is a pioneer in tackling environment and sustainable development issues in the EuroMediterranean area. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been central in all of his endeavors and he has been instrumental in the UN Decade for ESD (2005-2014) and its follow-up UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD as well as the drafting and adoption of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD and its Action Plan. He has organised and chaired many international conferences, authored hundreds of publications and conducted innumerable trainings in many countries worldwide.




Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:00 AM
Saturday, October 10, 2020


MIO-ECSDE premises
Kirristou 12
105 56 Athina
Athens, Greece

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