Train-the-trainer course on Marine Litter Education

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Train-the-trainer course on 

Education about Marine Litter 
and the EU Directive on Single Use Plastics

for formal and non formal educators

Course dates: Sunday 16 Oct 2022 (Arrivals) - Saturday 22 Oct 2022 (Departures)

The aim of the course is to build trainees’ skills in delivering meaningful education interventions on the issue of marine litter, especially (single-use) plastics by applying experiential, learner-centered and hands-on training methods. 

The course uses several resources, staring from the educational pack “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter” that exists in 15 languages, and on which more than 550 formal and non formal educators have been trained so far. 

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 mentality and mismanagement of wastes. 

This training comes at a period when we have entered the UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030), and the European Directive banning 10 single use plastics (SUPs) came into force, but at the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an increase of SUPs (masks and gloves, but also food and coffee take-away containers) globally: In these contradicting frameworks the topic of marine litter, especially plastics becomes even more relevant to educators working on sustainability & environmental issues.

What is the course about? (content & apporach)

A key teaching resource 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 15 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 Europe 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 considered as dealing only with marine litter. The topic is examined within wider agendas and movements, particularly those of  Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the UN Ocean Decade calling for the development of Ocean Literacy; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Whole Institute Approach, citizen science and lifelong learning processes. Marine litter -especially single use plastics- are seen within the wider waste management and circular economy agendas. In this context we 'use' marine litter and SUPs as ‘vehicle’ in addressing wider sustainability topics. 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) applies participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to modify their behaviours 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.

According to European+ programme priorities 2021-2027 priority will be given to underrepresented organisations and participants, and those with fewer opportunities. 

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

Where will it take place?

The course is held in Athens, Greece, combining indoor and outdoor sessions. 

Covid-19 requirements!

  • The course accepts only individuals with proof they are fully vaccinated. 
  • Before travelling to Greece, you will be asked to follow the then existing protocols (e.g. PCR or rapid test of 24 hr) 
  • During the live course, all restrictions and measures due to the pandemic will be followed. 
  • Modifications in the agenda (e.g. visits) are possible, depending on the then existing measures and restrictions.  

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
- The UN Ocean Decage
- The EU Directive on SUPs
- First encounter with the  pack “Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter”



- Getting to know the Pack“Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter” through experiential workshops. 
- The MARLISCO Marine Litter Exhibition as a learning tool (depends on whether the exhibition is displayed in Athens during the period of the course)
- Selected Examples of ML campaigns and programmes (invited speakers)



- Visit to an NGO or a 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 through group work, peer learning, real life case-study analysis, study visits and outdoor education (on a 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 (16 Sept 2022).

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+, notably under Key Action 1 (KA1 - mobility projects for staff of school education and training and adult education). (see below)

The course tuition fee is 560 € (80 EURO per day), and 

  • DOES include the trainers' fees, one hard-copy of the Pack “Know Feel Act! to Stop Marine Litter” (English), 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 16 Sept 2022). 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 submit a KA1 Erasmus+ application by the annual KA1 deadline to their National Agency. Applicants can not apply as individuals, only through their institution. The option of a group of Schools applying as a Consortium is also possible (and favored)

DEADLINE for 2022 Erasmus+ KA1 applications: 23 February, 12:00 midday, Brussels time (for courses taking place between July and December 2022).

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 organsisation) 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 these, follow the guidelines to register.
  4. Go over a model application form. 2022 update: Bear in mind that the KA121 application forms are meant for schools and organisations that already hold an Erasmus+ 2021-2027 accreditation. On the other side, KA122 application forms are meant for schools and organisations that doesn't have the Erasmus+ accreditation.
  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. Each sending institution can apply for a number of trainees. Alternatively your institution can participate in a consortium (the applicant is the lead institution of the consortium in this case).  
  6. Submit the application online before the annual Erasmus+ deadline (23/02/2022).

 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 16, 2022 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2022


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

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