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Training Course on Animation in Education
for formal and non formal educators

Course dates: Sunday 10 Nov 2019 - Saturday 16 Nov 2019

 This course is largely based on the pre-experience since between 2014 and 2018 more than 150 formal and non-formal educators have been trained on how to use short-video animation on ESD projects.

The aim is to build trainees’ skills in delivering meaningful education interventions on the issue of visual communication through short video animation, using experiential, learner-centered training methods.


The training course will combine short theory sessions and a lot of workshops, field visits, hands-on, and group-work session. It will include a common “core” instruction on ‘Education for Sustainable Development - ESD’, in light of the SDG agenda combined with Creating Short-Time Motion Videos and Emotional Visualization (in formal and non-formal education).


Why should I be interested in audiovisual communication as a teacher?

Communication is a fundamental tool in teaching. In order to communicate we need a transmitter, a receiver and a code. Transmitter is the one who speaks (the speaker) or writes (the author). Receiver is the one who listens (the listener) or reads (the reader). Code is a system of signs or marks or symbols with principles and rules. We use all means in teaching methods, and in particular in innovative teaching practices, we are increasingly using short video and animation. In this teaching we use dramatization and "message" production as tools. As users and in the same time as productors of the messages.

In particular, in the ESD programs, the cross-thematic approach and Interdisciplinarity to the issues involved in the design and implementation of short video is of particular importance for any official or non-formal educator.

What is the course about? (content & approach)

The main methodological approaches to audiovisual communication for use in sustainable development programs are tailored for young and older students.

The selected good examples to be presented are educational resources for use both in the formal school system and outside. We will present the whole spectrum of design as the production of a message in the form of a short video animation. The doll manufacturing and Drawing techniques will be presented as part of the "message" configuration.

ESD implements participatory teaching and learning methods that stimulate and empower trainees to change their behavior and act for sustainable development. As a result, ESD promotes skills such as critical thinking, imagination in future scenarios, and collaborative decision-making. The issue of modifying a message has two dimensions. On the one hand the pedagogical group-co-operative in the stages of its formation and on the other the changes of attitudes and behaviors when the message is "sent" by the trainees.

The lesson should not be considered as dealing with short video only. This issue is addressed in the context of wider issues and movements of Sustainable Development, SDGs, the Whole Institute Approach, civil society and lifelong learning processes. ESD implements participatory teaching and learning methods that stimulate and empower trainees to change their behavior and act for sustainable development. As a result, ESD promotes skills such as critical thinking, imagination in future scenarios, and collaborative decision-making.

The question of the configuration of a message has two dimensions. On the one hand the pedagogical teamwork in the stages of its formation and on the other the changes of attitudes and behaviors when the message is "sent" by the trainees.

What will I gain from this course? (Expected learning outcomes)

  • You will familiarize yourself with the topic of short-video animation (storyboarding, creating a message, creating puppets and other cartoon models, simple musical instruments, dramatization, Photo shooting, stop motion animation , etc.).
  • You will try practical teaching methods that you could apply to students or other audiences and contribute with your own ideas.
  • You will experience how the topic and the of using short video animation is addressed in a school and (optionally) a Centre for Sustainability Education (CSE) in Greece.
  • You will exchange views and experiences with educators (both formal and non-formal) from other countries.
  • You will design your own short- video animation in ESD.

Who can take part? (target audience)

We encourage participation of people that are interested in visual communication (Photo, stop motion animation, music, video etc.) and drama as teaching tools. 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 sensitize our audiences on the complex issues of our days.

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 museums, parks, NGOs, etc. with interest on the topic.

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 “The Box”, in the historical centre of Athens, while the outdoor sessions will take place in and around Attika.

What is the course language ?

The course language is English.

 What is the provisional daily programme ?


- Arrivals
- Settling in the hotel and training venue
- Networking activities



- Presentation of course agenda and scope.
- Briefing on trainees’ ba-ckground on ESD, their expectations and needs.
- The underlying principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Whole Institute Approach (WIA) within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The educator’s role and challenges.
- Short video animation - production and exploitation for awareness-raising and ESD.



- Creating educational films and multimedia material for children and adults.
- Design (Script and Implementation) of presentation video.
-  Understanding of storyboarding - what it is, when to use it, and how.
 - Study Visit to “the Acropolis Museum”.



- Study Visit to a Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) or in a school to follow an intervention on Animation use in ESD and interview the staff on how they approach the subject, their challenges, etc.
- Hands-on workshop on making musical instruments using litter items by an invited artist.



-Hands-on workshop on making puppet (complex models) by an invited artist.
- Hands-on workshop on making clay animation models by an invited artist.
- Workshop “Putting our ideas in a storyboard”.



Stop Motion Animation Theory and Techniques.
Workshop "Animation in Education: The basic principles of design and implementation of an animation workshop for the creation of an audiovisual animated message against the Racial Discrimination and Gender Stereotype Differences in Cultures”.
Workshop "Animation in Education: Recycling priorities”.
‘Preparation of trainees’ project ideas. Presentation of the projects. 
Social event



Optional networking activities with Greek Schoolmasters and teachers.
Final Evaluation (qualitative and quantitative through a questionnaire on all aspects of the training programme)
Certificates Ceremony


 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?

Interested applicants need to pre-register online (click on REGISTER top right of this webpage. As organisers we accept pre-registrations up to two month before the training (10 October 2019).


What is the entire cost ?

The total cost for the week long training (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, 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. 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 scool or organisation (home institution) of the trainee must to submit a KA1 Erasmus+ grant application by the annual KA1 deadline.

For 2019 the deadline is the 5th February 2019 (for courses taking place between summer 2019 - summer 2020). Take note that there is only one deadline per year, so if you are interested to apply please move fast. 

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 you (through your home institution) are eligible to apply.
  2. Read carefully the Erasmus+ guide, notably the sections related to KA1.
  3. Ensure that your Institution has a PIC code. This is mandatory to participate in Erasmus+. Find here the guidelines on how 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 (05/02/2019).

 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 welcome of course 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?


Vasilis Psallidas has a Master in Environmental Biology, and a 35 -years of experience as teacher and Headmaster in secondary education. Since 2011 he acts as a Senior ESD Advisor of the MEdIES Secretariat. Vasilis as trainer in Mediterranean In-service training Seminars, has participated in dozens of seminars on the exploitation of images, moving image, animation and short messages as part of audio-visual communication in formal and non-formal education and is deeply involved in ESD and Animation activities.

Dr. Spyros Siakas (PhD, MA) Assistant Professor 3d and 2d Animation in the Department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication of University of West Attica and Adjunct Academic Staff of Hellenic Open University. Founding Member of the Educational Technology Laboratory and eLearning Systems (EDUTeL) and Art Director of Synthesis, Short Film Educational Film Festival. Member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the International Conference, ICODL. He has directed awarded animation films and involves as trainer to dozens of educational seminars for formal and non-formal education


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.

Iro Alampei has a Masters in Teaching Science and 15 years of experience as a MEdIES education officer. 

Vicky Malotidi has a Masters in Teaching Science and 15 years of experience as a MEdIES education officer.



Nikos Michopoulos actively involved with Puppet Theater on 2009 were he took a One Year Workshop at Ayiousa Puppet Theater. He further involved with the Art of Puppeteering on 2011 were he accomplish another One Year Workshop specializing in Animation and Dramaturgy. He has participated in various Puppet Theater Plays (solo or/and in troupes). He is an active member of the Hellenic Branch of UNIMA (Union International de la Marionnette)


Jacques MARUGG is a vibraphonist, composer and teacher.

He organizes music workshops for children using recycled material. He is a specialist in piano teaching for children from 4 years old. He taught in Geneva at the Montessori school.
At the French Institute of Athens, he teaches French by singing and has created the Francophone choir.
He also occurs as a jazz vibraphonist.

Simone Mongelli is a versatile Italian artist, who lives in Greece, whose musical interests range from Mediterranean traditions to free improvisation, up to early music, his work brings together the fields of music, theatre, performing arts.
Graduated with honours in Anthropology of Music (University of Bologna) and in Traditional Percussion (F. Nakas Conservatory, Athens), he has been dealing with Body Music since 2007, and has attended courses and seminars with Max Pollak (New York, Rumbatap), Leela Petronio (Paris, Hip-Tap project), Simone Clarke (London, Stomp), Keith Terry (San Francisco, Corposonic), Jep Melendez (Tenerife, Cambuyòn), Danny "Slapjazz" Barber (San Diego, USA, hambone master), Barbatuques (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and others.



Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:00 AM
Saturday, November 16, 2019


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

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