Education for alternative water resources 

General admission


Education for alternative water resources 

 24 - 30 January 2021


This course is based on the Educational Programme on non-conventional water resources (NCWR) that has been applied by MEdIES from 2009 to 2008 with about 5000 educators and 35.000 students 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. Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) contribute to a sustainable way of improving access to water, contribute to climate change adaptation and are becoming increasingly important especially in water scarce countries. However, NCWR are not well known to the citizens while several misconceptions persist i.e. when it comes to safety and hygiene issues. Proper education can effectively elucidate the misconceptions and support the diffusion of innovative ideas and solutions that NCWRs promise to deliver, and particularly in the context of the SDG6. Actually, UNESCO in its comprehensive study “Education for Sustainable Development Goals- Learning objectives of ESD for the SDGs” (2017) is identifying among others, the NCWR, and namely rainwater harvesting, desalination with downscaled energy footprint, wastewater recycling and reuse, as suggested topics when working on SDG6. Additionally, NCWR provides an effective “vehicle” for inspiring responsible consumer and citizen attitudes.

Objectives of the course

  • To provide an in-depth introduction on topics related to non-conventional water resources -background, technologies, environmental advantages, social context and economic benefits. 
  • To develop an understanding on how NCWR can contribute to climate change adaptation, and in particularly to water scarce communities.
  • To explore past water management methods and water heritage on collection, storage and transfer and discuss how this heritage can be re-evaluated nowadays (in Europe and beyond).
  • To suggest a complete set of educational resources (printed, props, online tools) related to ESD - water responsible behaviour - non-conventional water resources.
  • To develop competences in imbedding NCWR in ESD projects and activities.
  • To offer the opportunity for peer networking, exchanging and co-learning.


Expected Outcomes 

After completing this course, you will:

  • Be aware about ESD in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.
  • Gain a good understanding of Non-Conventional Water Resources (types, function, environmental/economic/social values and challenges).
  • Try out and obtain educational tools and resources on NCWR.
  • Experience how the topic of NCWRs is addressed in various institutions (i.e. schools, centres, etc.).
  • Exchange views and experiences with your peers.
  • Contribute with your own ideas on the topic and plan your ESD project on water-NCWR-water heritage-water & climate change.


Course content

The primary educational resource will be topics and activities included in the following resources:

  1. “ALTER AQUA - An educational material on Non Conventional Water Resources: An application of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)”an educational pack, a cross-curriculum material for primary and secondary educational level. It is available in English, Greek and Italian.

Apart from its 60 pages, with background information, learning activities, worksheets and methodology tips, the pack is accompanied by a CD, leaflets, and a rich set of props already used in hundredths of schools in Greece, Malta, Cyprus, etc. and in awareness raising campaigns.

  1. The online educational app developed to capitalize the 10-year experience gained by ALTER AQUA resource implementation.

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).


Course Methodology

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is about participatory learning to motivate and empower learners to be the change makers for sustainable development. In this line the course is aspiring to develop inquiry, creativity and problem-solving skills as well as to inspire responsible consumption attitudes and behaviours. The course employs methods to stimulate participation, critical discussion and co-working. Workshops and presentations, groups work and field work will be applied. The programme is flexible so as to adapt to the needs/priorities of the participants. The training team has a rich experience in coordinating teachers’ trainings.

The organising teach will provide in advance all participants with material and guidance for their visit to Athens - practical, cultural, pedagogical, etc.


Follow-up support on how to integrate the training outcomes into their work context.

Participants will have the opportunity to join MEdIES network, a wider ESD community of ~6000 members.


Target audience

We welcome all European and beyond educators interested in the topic, and in particular:

In-service school teachers of all levels and disciplines,

Non-formal educators working in NGOs, Water Museums, Water Institutions and Centres, Protected Areas, BRs and Parks, etc. with experience on water topics and an interest in educational matters.

(!) Kindly note that to ensure an effective course management a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants is required.



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, and of other institutions to be selected - educational, water, historical / cultural ones. A field trip will be arranged as well. 



The course language is English.


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.



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, that is the 16th of December 2020.


Tuition fee

The tuition fee is 490 € (EURO).

This fee includes the week-long tuition fees, copy of the material “ALTER AQUA” in the English language and of all related e-material, Wifi equipped meeting venue, coffee break buffets at MIO & certificate.

The fee does not include: travel, accommodation, meals, airport-hotel transfers, and cost for any transfer within the course (for study visits, etc.).

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.


Support of participation

The estimated total participation cost for the week-long training (including tuition fee, travel and accommodation, subsistence, etc.) depending on the 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 mobility projects for staff of school education KA101 and KA104 mobility projects for Adult Education.

To receive an EU Erasmus+ grant, your home institution, that is:

School, for Erasmus+ KA101

NGOs, Museums, Centres, Institutions, etc. for Erasmus+ KA104

will have to submit a KA1 Erasmus+ grant application by the 11th of February 2020

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


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 an Orgazation ID 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.


If you are not eligible or too late to apply for Erasmus+: 

If you are interested to take part but didn't get an Erasmus+ grant, you can raise funds to support your participation e.g. via your home institution, a donor, scholarship, etc.


Draft Timetable*



Ice breakers. Team building activities  

 Trainees expectations.  

 Course introduction and scope.

 Presentation of the programme





Key presentation: ESD in and the post-GAP (UNESCO) period. Education 2030

Key presentation: The NCWR Programme in the Mediterranean 

Workshop: Unfolding the “ALTER AQUA” pack 

Presentations & workshop: Educational resources related to Sustainable Water Management / Presentations & experiences sharing session 






Workshops on: 

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

The educational app on " Non-Conventional Water Resources” and how to use it with targeted audiences and given contexts.




Study Visits (or a field trip) to 

School / Research Centre or Institution/ Environmental Education Centre / to interview with the students/teachers/experts and discuss about water management, NCWR applications, ESD programmes on water, etc.   

Archaeological site and cultural path related to water heritage





Study Visits (or a field trip) to Research Centre or Institution/ Environmental Education Centre / to interview with the students/teachers/experts and discuss about water management, NCWR applications, ESD programmes on water, etc.

Presentations & Workshops on NCWR, Water Education, etc. by invited experts from state and non-state actors. 






Group work on trainees’ project ideas  

Presentations of the groups 

Wrap-up & final feedback discussion 


Certificates Ceremony

Welfare dinner  



* Each day includes a short orientation session (in the morning) and a feedback-sharing session at the end.




Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture & Sustainable Development 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 details

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


Key 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 authoring 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, January 24, 2021 5:00 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2021


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

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