Train-the-trainer course on Marine Litter Education | Ocean Literacy
This training aims to build skills in delivering meaningful interventions for ocean literacy. It focuses on marine litter, using experiential, learner-centered, and hands-on training methods.Marine Litter is a global issue: Found in all seas and coasts around the world, in all depths, even in the most isolated, pristine places of the planet, litter especially plastic 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, the prevailing mentality of single-use and mismanagement of wastes on land.
This course comes at a period when we have entered the UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030) and the European Directive that has banned 10 single use plastics.
Content & approach
A key teaching resource we use is the pack “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”. The pack has been designed to serve the high-school level but can be easily adjusted. Additionally available in 5 languages is STEAM-Box, a toolkit supporting schools to become plastic-free. Also participants will be presented with selected good examples and a series of other educational resources and tools on the topic from Europe and beyond. Last but not least, is that the course will introduce the participants to selected citizen science case studies and tools applied for monitoring marine litter, in ocean conservation efforts, etc.
Expected learning outcomes
- You will get acquainted with the marine litter issue (causes, impacts, current status, directions for solutions).
- You will try hands-on teaching methods and citizen science approaches 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 (optionally) 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 citizen science and educational project on the topic.
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, managers of coastal areas, etc. with interest on the topic of marine litter.
Training informationTime required: 48.0 hours
Conditions of access: Pre-registration required