Using Non-Conventional Water Resources Management for applying Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in formal and non formal education

Using Non-Conventional Water Resources Management for applying Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in formal and non formal education

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Using Non-Conventional Water Resources Management for applying Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in formal and non formal education



15 March - 21 March 2020


This course is based on the educational material "ALTER AQUA" that has been extensively applied since 2009 by some 3.000 school teachers and educators in Greece, Malta and Cyprus!


Why should I be concerned about Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWRs) as an educator?

Many of the conventional methods of securing water supply (i.e. dam construction, water transfers, etc.) have proved to be non sustainable in the long run. As a result, Non-Conventional Water Resources Management (NCWRM), and namely: rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and wastewater recycling, has become increasingly important in recent years, especially in water scarce countries. NCWRM is an innovative approach for a sustainable way of improving access to water and a good example of an interdisciplinary theme linked with many sectors ranging from industry, economy, and development to everyday life activities and choices. However, NCWR concepts are not well known to the wider public, and therefore not understood nor accepted, mainly due to misconceptions and attitudes that people have in terms of water safety and hygiene. Proper education (formal, non formal, informal) can effectively elucidate the misconceptions and support the diffusion of innovative ideas and solutions that NCWRs promise to deliver.  Additionally, NCWRM provides an effective “vehicle” for inspiring responsible consumer and citizen attitudes.


What is the aim of this course? (course objectives)

- To provide an in-depth introduction to school teachers and educators on the topics related to NCWRM: background, technologies, environmental advantages, social context, and economic benefits.  

- To develop participants’ competences in order to meaningfully embed NCWRs issues in their teaching and work based on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) principles and methods.

- To offer the opportunity for peer networking of educators from different countries and encourage sharing and exchange of practices and new ideas related to school education – ESD - NCWRM.


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

- You will gain a good understanding of what Non-Conventional Water Resources are (types, function, advantages/risks, and environmental/economic/social value).

- You will try hands-on educ.methods that you could apply with students or other audiences.

- You will experience how the topic of NCWRs is addressed in educational intitutions (i.e. schools, centres, etc.)  in Greece.

- You will exchange views and experiences with your peers (formal and non formal educators from other European countries).

- You will be inspired to contribute your own ideas on the topic and plan your activities/projects, individually and/or in groups.


What is the course about? (course content)

The primary teaching source that will be used is the educational material “ALTER AQUA - An educational material on Non Conventional Water Resources: An application of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” that was developed as a cross-curriculum and innovative resource but which is also adaptable for school curricula (both primary and secondary level). The material has 10 sections, each one containing information on the issue at hand, description of the educational activity with objectives, practical tips and references and the respective worksheet for the students. The material also includes a section with “Methodological guidelines” for the educator, presenting in brief the main pedagogical methods that can be used in implementing the activities. ALTER AQUA has been produced so far in English, Greek and Italian and is accompanied by posters for the students and an variety of appealing hands-on sets and material used in dedicated school projects and awareness raising activities.

Capitalizing on the 10-year experience gained br the ALTER AQUA implementation an online educational app is developed. The application is an interactive online learning tool inviting the learners (from 10 year old) to discover various aspects of NCWRs through games and quizzes.

The development of these educational resources took place in the framework of the Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in the Mediterranean that is coordinated by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).


What is the course methodology?

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is all about 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. The course therefore employs a variety of training methods focusing on stimulating participation, discussion and co-working. A mix of workshops, presentations and lectures, work in pairs and/or small groups, field visits and activities will be applied. However, the training programme is designed to be flexible so as to adapt to the needs/priorities of the participants. ICTs will also be used in the course delivery (interactive webpages of the NCWRs programme/ animations/ social media, etc). The training team has a long standing experience in coordinating and animating participatory workshops for teachers and educators.

Furthermore, the participants will be provided with material for their preparation in advance of the training and will be asked to participate in a needs-analysis exercise. Follow-up activities, for after the completion of the course, designed to capitalize on the knowledge and competences gained and enhance the professional development of the participants, are also planned. To this end, participants will be advised/mentored by MEdIES on how to integrate the training outcomes into their teaching practice or other tasks. They will also be given the opportunity to join the MEdIES network, remain in contact with a wider educational community, sharing experiences and proposing ideas for new activities with hundreds of other educators and relevant professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean region.


Who can take part? (target audience)

We encourage participation from all European and beyond, especially of people who live in areas facing water scarcity and/or with water bodies under pressure. The course welcomes he participation of:

In-service school teachers of primary and secondary level of all disciplines,

- Professionals working in museums, parks, NGOs, Environmental/Sustainability Centres etc. with experience on water related topics and an interest in educational matters.

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


Where will the course 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 of Athens, while the outdoor sessions will take place in and around the city of  Athens.


In what language will the course be?

The course language is English.


Will I get a certificate of completion?

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 and by when do I register?

To pre-register Select 1 and Click REGISTER on (top of this Screen). 

Registrations are considered valid only if the fees have been paid to the organizer by the deadline of each session.


The deadline for registrations is one month before the training, meaning 15 February 2020.


Tuition fee

The tuition fee is 490 € (EURO).

This fee INCLUDES the week-long tuition fees, one hard-copy of the material “ALTER AQUA” in the English language, Wifi equipped meeting venue, coffee breaks & certificate.

The fee DOES NOT include: hotel accommodation, meals, airport-hotel transfers, cost for any transfer during the course (for study visits, etc.), other sundry expenses.

The deadline for tuition fee payment is one month before the training takes place.

Cancelation Policy: If you cancel after registration and 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?

The estimated total participation cost for the week long training (including tuition fee, travel and accommodation, subsistence, etc.) depending on your country of origin and the timing of the training ranges between 1300 - 1800 euros. 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 adult education).

To receive the funding - for any of the sessions - the home institution of the interested trainee will have to submit a KA1 Erasmus+ grant application by the annual KA1 deadline.

For 2019 the deadline is the 5th of February 2019. So move fast and apply for full funding to attend our courses and take note that there is only one deadline per year.

Contact your National agency so that your institution applies for funding under Erasmus+ KA1. The list of all National Agencies can be accessed here:


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

  1. Check with your national agency if you 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 guidelines on how to register.
  4. Download the application form (from your national agency website). Write a complete and detailed proposal elaborating carefully your needs and expected impact. Have in mind that filling this application requires some time.
  5. Submit the application online before the mentioned Erasmus+ deadline.


What if I am not eligible or too late to apply for Erasmus+  ?

If you are interested to take part but e.g. didn't make the Erasmus+ deadline, you may raise funds to support your participation (e.g. via your home institution, a donor, scholarship, etc.). 


Draft daily programme*





-        Arrivals

-        Settling in the hotel and training venue

-        Ice breakers & team building activities  

-        Trainees expectations  

-        Course introduction and scope





-         The underlying principles of ESD; ESD, the SDGs and the post-GAP (UNESCO)  period 

-         The NCWRM Programme in the Mediterranean 

-        Unfolding the “ALTER AQUA” pack : Presentation & group working session 

-        Other educational resources/ projects related to sustainable water management / Presentations & experiences sharing session 






Workshops on: 


A.      The hands-on activities of the ALTER AQUA educational programme (props & games)   


B.      The educational app on " Non Conventional Water Resources” 






-        Study Visits to: 

School / Institution/ NGO / Environemental Education Centre / /Sustainability-friendly Centre applying an ALTER AQUA project, interview with the students/teachers/experts, discussion on how water use/management is taken place, how NCWRs is applied, etc.      








- Invited experts presentations on NCWR, Integrated Water Management, Water &  Education, from state and non-state actors. 






-        Group work & preparation of trainees’ project ideas. 

-        Groups' presentations.

-       Wrap-up & final feedback dscussion. Evaluation 

-        Certificates Ceremony


 Social event/Welfare party 







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. Under the direct leadership of its Director Prof. Michael Scoullos, the Chair conducts training, research, information sharing and outreach activities in major UNESCO programme areas: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication & information. It brings together and catalyzes synergies among components, organisations and bodies.

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Contact the organisers

MIO-ECSDE & MEdIES: Postal address: 12 Kyrristou str., 10556, Athens, Greece  Tel: 0030 210 3247267 (ext 202) email:



Who are the trainers?



Iro Alampei has a Master in Teaching Science, and has 15-years of experience as a MEdIES education officer. Iro is a co-author of the educational material “ALTER AQUA” and has animated a lot of participatory trainings about it.



Vicky Malotidi has a Master in Teaching Science, and has 15-years of experience as a MEdIES education officer. Vicky is a certified adult trainer and has coorganised a lot of experiential workshops about the educational material “ALTER AQUA”; is also member of the writers’ team of the material.


Vasillis 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 and is deeply involved in the ALTER AQUA Programme activities.

   Prof. Michael Scoullos is the 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 organized and chaired many international conferences, authored hundreds of publications and conducted innumerable trainings in many countries worldwide.






Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2020


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

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